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constitutional

Syllabification: con·sti·tu·tion·al
Pronunciation: /ˌkänstəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)n(ə)l
 
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Definition of constitutional in English:

adjective

1Of or relating to an established set of principles governing a state: a constitutional amendment
More example sentences
  • It is a fundamental constitutional principle, deeply entrenched within our system.
  • The minority denounced the stay as a violation of both constitutional procedures and democratic principles.
  • It is a constitutional document, and constitutional documents and principles are always the subject of debate.
1.1In accordance with or allowed by an established set of principles governing a state: a constitutional monarchy
More example sentences
  • In June 1960 a group of princes signed a memorandum calling for a constitutional monarchy.
  • Luxembourg is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy.
  • The Deputy Prime Minister said today that he believes in supporting the constitutional monarchy.
Synonyms
sanctioned, ratified, warranted, constituted, statutory, chartered, vested, official;
by law
2Of or relating to someone’s physical or mental condition: a constitutional weakness
More example sentences
  • We are all looking for happiness, as that is the constitutional nature of the soul.
  • Intermittent claudication became a sign of inherent constitutional weakness, so that it was also to be found as a sign for the male hysteric.
  • That case, I believe, presents the risk of constitutional depression, which debilitating condition can and must be avoided.
Synonyms

noun

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A walk, typically one taken regularly to maintain or restore good health.
Example sentences
  • I took one of my regular constitutionals tonight.
  • I need to be in prime shape for my wedding day, and chances are my daily constitutionals in the park are no longer going to cut it.
  • I guess by the time she's my age I'll be content with exertion no more strenuous than a nightly constitutional.

Derivatives

constitutionality

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌt(y)o͞oSHəˈnalitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Here they are being directed to enforce a law of dubious validity and constitutionality.
  • The Justice Department has the responsibility to defend the constitutionality of all federal laws in the courts.
  • Now that the Supreme Court has ruled on the constitutionality of school vouchers, the next fight will be over how these programs are run.

constitutionally

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • Even after undergoing a series of amendments, the office of the president remains constitutionally powerful.
  • They're constitutionally entrenched guarantees of certain rights that are enforceable in the courts.
  • It may be good or bad policy, but it's entirely constitutionally permissible.

Words that rhyme with constitutional

evolutional, institutional, substitutional

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