unconstitutional

adjective
un·​con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ ˌən-ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈtü-shnəl How to pronounce unconstitutional (audio) , -ˈtyü-, -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of unconstitutional

: not according or consistent with the constitution of a body politic (such as a nation) an unconstitutional infringement on rights

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Other Words from unconstitutional

unconstitutionality \ ˌən-​ˌkän(t)-​stə-​ˌtü-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unconstitutionality (audio) , -​ˌtyü-​ \ noun
unconstitutionally adverb

Examples of unconstitutional in a Sentence

an unconstitutional infringement of rights The law may be unconstitutional.

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Opponents also argued that holding people based on an immigration detainer was unconstitutional. NBC News, "Advocates say Florida governor 'sanctuary bill' politically motivated," 16 June 2019 Opponents also argued that holding people based on an immigration detainer was unconstitutional. Brendan Farrington, chicagotribune.com, "Florida governor signs bill banning sanctuary policies," 14 June 2019 Opponents also argued that holding people based on an immigration detainer was unconstitutional. CBS News, "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs "sanctuary cities" ban," 14 June 2019 But Alaska’s attorney general argues the funding is unconstitutional and violates the annual budgeting process mandated by the state constitution and the governor’s right to veto. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy administration sends $20M to school districts, ending monthslong wait," 13 June 2019 In an interview, Baker said the most egregious violations by police were frisking and cuffing Lea without probable cause and extending the search to get a drug-sniffing dog to the scene, which the Supreme Court has held is unconstitutional. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Black teen handcuffed after wide turn sues LMPD for eyeing him as 'perfect target'," 12 June 2019 The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and other gun rights advocates filed a lawsuit in 2016 alleging that the law was unconstitutional. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "30 Colorado sheriffs join opposition to gun magazine ban facing challenge in state Supreme Court," 6 June 2019 In a motion for summary judgment filed in February, attorneys for the cities and counties contended that the penalties are unconstitutional in a number of ways, including violating separation of powers and free-speech rights. Jim Saunders, sun-sentinel.com, "Judge to review Florida law that penalizes local officials who impose gun regulations," 6 June 2019 Malone asserted that the interview was unconstitutional because Smith repeatedly asked for a lawyer but was denied. Mensah M. Dean, https://www.inquirer.com, "A decade later, 2 ordered to stand trial for double killing in which another man was falsely accused," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of unconstitutional

1734, in the meaning defined above

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unconstitutional

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unconstitutional

: not allowed by the constitution of a country or government : not constitutional

unconstitutional

adjective
un·​con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ ˌən-ˌkän-stə-ˈtü-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce unconstitutional (audio) , -ˈtyü-\

Kids Definition of unconstitutional

: not according to or agreeing with the constitution of a country or government

unconstitutional

adjective
un·​con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ ˌən-ˌkän-stə-ˈtü-shə-nəl, -ˈtyü- How to pronounce unconstitutional (audio) \

Legal Definition of unconstitutional

: contrary to or failing to comply with a constitution especially : violative of a person's rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution an unconstitutional search and seizure

Other Words from unconstitutional

unconstitutionality \ -​ˌtü-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē, -​ˌtyü-​ How to pronounce unconstitutionality (audio) \ noun
unconstitutionally adverb

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