Definition of constitution in English:

constitution

Line breaks: con|sti|tu¦tion
Pronunciation: /kɒnstɪˈtjuːʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

1A body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed: Britain lacks a codified constitution
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  • 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.
1.1 (the Constitution) The basic written set of principles and precedents of federal government in the US, which came into operation in 1789 and has since been modified by twenty-six amendments.
1.2 historical A decree, ordinance, or law.
2 [mass noun] The composition of something: the genetic constitution of a species
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  • 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.
Synonyms
2.1The action of forming or establishing something: the constitution of a police authority
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  • 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 as regards vitality, health, and strength: pregnancy had weakened her constitution
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  • 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.
Synonyms
health, physique, state of health, physical condition, physical strength, shape, fettle
3.1A person’s character: the individual’s constitution is commonly described as his nature
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  • Depending on which elements are dominant in our constitution we display certain characteristics and tendencies linked to those elemental qualities.
  • This process highlights one of the truly bizarre characteristics of the Canadian constitution.
  • Don't laugh, we with delicate psychological constitutions find life a bit much now and then.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a law, or a body of laws or customs): from Latin constitutio(n-), from constituere 'establish, appoint' (see constitute).

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