- 1A body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed.More example sentences
- Those of us who worry about the constitution will face the precedent that this Government has established of being able to tinker with judges.
- Even from the standpoint of elementary bourgeois democratic principles, the constitution is a travesty.
- All that the Government can think of is to hang on to power - never mind about the constitution, democratic principle, or what is right.
- 2The composition of something: the genetic constitution of a speciesMore example sentences
- Advances in knowledge also indicate that a person's genetic constitution influences the risk of cancer after irradiation.
- Even her insight is nothing more than the complex and dynamic active traces of her genetic constitution and personal history.
- The particular powers had by a given object have their basis in its underlying nature - its chemical, physical, or genetic constitution and structure.
- 2.1The forming or establishing of something: the constitution of a police authorityMore example sentences
- The Erie Brackish Water desalination plant shall be overseen by the Department of the Interior, both during its constitution and following its completion.
- This return of the ‘real’ marks an outside always present within discourse, for the outside is continuously abjected by discourse during its constitution.
- During its constitution, this system is shaped to be blind to the components of the organism itself and, at the same time, acquires an astonishing capacity to detect a myriad of structures, even ones which do not occur in nature.
- 3A person’s physical state with regard to vitality, health, and strength: pregnancy had weakened her constitutionMore example sentences
health, physical condition, fettle; physique
- Unless planets are afflicted in Leo, the sign usually indicates strong vitality and a healthy constitution.
- Clinically, it has been used to treat patients with reduced physical strength, cold constitution, anemia and anorexia.
- This shows that in the early years of life the subject's health was poor or delicate, but with care, the subject in later years developed robust vitality and a strong constitution.
- 3.1A person’s mental or psychological makeup.More example sentences
- He shed light on the role of psychological constitution as determining the intensity and degree of LSD effects.
- The subject here is as much his psychological constitution as it is the infancy and craft of a comedy act.
- His take-home message is one to which most people, independent of their psychological constitution, can relate.
Middle English (denoting a law, or a body of laws or customs): from Latin constitutio(n-), from constituere 'establish, appoint' (see constitute).