con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän(t)-stə-ˌtü-shə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce constitutionality (audio) , -ˌtyü- \

Definition of constitutionality

: the quality or state of being constitutional especially : accordance with the provisions of a constitution questioned the constitutionality of the law

Examples of constitutionality in a Sentence

He questions the constitutionality of the proposed law.
Recent Examples on the Web Larger questions around the law's constitutionality remain in question. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 8 Oct. 2021 The state of Oregon has agreed to a settlement with the Mexican American owner of a prominent downtown Portland coffee shop who challenged the constitutionality of the state’s novel $62 million coronavirus relief fund for Black Oregonians. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 8 Oct. 2021 On December 1, the Supreme Court will hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that will look at the constitutionality of a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks, well before viability. Molly Jong-fast, Vogue, 7 Oct. 2021 In September, five conservative justices of the Supreme Court let the law take effect, declining to rule on the law's constitutionality. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2021 As a result, legal challenges brought under SB 8 like those against Braid are believed to likely be the best way to test the law’s constitutionality. Alison Durkee, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Bathed in the center-stage spotlight will be Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in which the Court will consider the constitutionality of a Mississippi law banning nearly all abortions after 15 weeks. Adam M. Carrington, National Review, 3 Oct. 2021 The constitutionality of that law also has been challenged in Pulaski County Circuit Court. Stephen Steed, Arkansas Online, 1 Oct. 2021 In its 5-4 ruling, the court stated that is was not addressing the constitutionality of the law, but that those seeking an emergency stay to stop the law from going into effect had not met the high burden to block it. Alexandra Kukulka,, 30 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of constitutionality

1787, in the meaning defined above

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“Constitutionality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of constitutionality

: the state of being allowed by or in agreement with a constitution : the state of being constitutional


con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-stə-ˌtü-shə-ˈna-lə-tē, -ˌtyü- How to pronounce constitutionality (audio) \

Legal Definition of constitutionality

: the quality or state of being constitutional especially : conformity with the provisions of a constitution questioned the constitutionality of the income tax

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