Definition of unconstitutional
: not according or consistent with the constitution of a body politic (such as a nation) an unconstitutional infringement on rights
unconstitutionalityplay \ˌən-ˌkän(t)-stə-ˌtü-shə-ˈna-lə-tē, -ˌtyü-\ noun
Examples of unconstitutional in a Sentence
an unconstitutional infringement of rights
The law may be unconstitutional.
Recent Examples of unconstitutional from the Web
Lawmakers went about two months without paychecks before a judge ruled the move unconstitutional and ordered the money paid out.
When a major presidential initiative is ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court, a review by the Supreme Court almost always follows.
Again and again, our nation’s courts have found that President Trump’s Muslim ban is unconstitutional.
In a 6-5 split opinion, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday found the District Court’s 2013 shackling policy unconstitutional.
Tilton argued in her appeal that the SEC’s use of in-house judges is unconstitutional and gives the agency an unfair advantage.
In this regard, they may be worried by the central argument against the travel bans—that Trump’s statements before and after taking office are relevant, and show an unconstitutional intent to discriminate.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole were unconstitutional for juveniles, and in 2016 the court decided that ruling should be applied retroactively.
The court didn't go as far as to say the agency in its entirety was unconstitutional, but the ruling would still lead to a big change in the relationship between the director and the president.
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First Known Use of unconstitutional
UNCONSTITUTIONAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of unconstitutional for English Language Learners
: not allowed by the constitution of a country or government : not constitutional
UNCONSTITUTIONAL Defined for Kids
Definition of unconstitutional for Students
: not according to or agreeing with the constitution of a country or government
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
unconstitutionality\-ˌtü-shə-ˈna-lə-tē, -ˌtyü-\ play noun
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