Definition of constitutional in English:

constitutional

Syllabification: con·sti·tu·tion·al
Pronunciation: /ˌkänstəˈt(y)o͞oSHənl
 
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adjective

  • 1Of or relating to an established set of principles governing a state: a constitutional amendment
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    • 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
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    • 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
    legal, lawful, legitimate, authorized, permitted; sanctioned, ratified, warranted, constituted, statutory, chartered, vested, official; by law

noun

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  • A walk, typically one taken regularly to maintain or restore good health.
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    • 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

Pronunciation: /-ˌt(y)o͞oSHəˈnalitē/
noun
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  • 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

adverb
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  • 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.

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