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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