constitution

[ kon-sti-too-shuh n, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌkɒn stɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu- /

noun

Origin of constitution

1350–1400; Middle English constitucion edict, ordinance < Anglo-French < Latin constitūtiōn- (stem of constitūtiō). See constitute, -ion

Related forms

an·ti·con·sti·tu·tion, adjective

Definition for constitution (2 of 2)

Constitution, The


noun

an American 44-gun frigate, famous for its exploits in the War of 1812 and popularly called “Old Ironsides.”
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British Dictionary definitions for constitution

constitution

/ (ˌkɒnstɪˈtjuːʃən) /

noun

the act of constituting or state of being constituted
the way in which a thing is composed; physical make-up; structure
the fundamental political principles on which a state is governed, esp when considered as embodying the rights of the subjects of that state
(often capital) (in certain countries, esp Australia and the US) a statute embodying such principles
a person's state of health
a person's disposition of mind; temperament
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Medicine definitions for constitution

constitution

[ kŏn′stĭ-tōōshən ]

n.

The physical makeup of the body, including its functions, metabolic processes, reactions to stimuli, and resistance to the attack of pathogenic organisms.
The composition or structure of a molecule.
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Culture definitions for constitution (1 of 2)

Constitution


The fundamental law of the United States, drafted in Philadelphia in 1787 (see Constitutional Convention), ratified in 1788, and put into effect in 1789. It established a strong central government in place of the Articles of Confederation. (See Preamble to the Constitution.)

Culture definitions for constitution (2 of 2)

constitution


A nation or state's fundamental set of laws. Most nations with constitutions have them in written form, such as the United States Constitution. The constitution of Britain, by contrast, is an informal set of traditions, based on several different laws.

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