con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​i·​ty ˌkän(t)-stə-ˌtü-shə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce constitutionality (audio)
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of constitutionality was in 1787

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“Constitutionality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​i·​ty ˌkän(t)-stə-ˌt(y)ü-shə-ˈnal-ət-ē How to pronounce constitutionality (audio)
: the quality or state of being in agreement with a constitution

Legal Definition


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