Origin of constitution
Definition for constitution (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for constitution
Judge Hinkle said “the Constitution requires the Clerk to issue such licenses.”
Can they determine that individual citizens should not have access to rights provided by the Constitution?
When our elected representatives assume their respective offices, they take an oath to “protect and defend the Constitution.”
He refused to sign the Constitution, for good reasons and bad.
One African American woman brandished a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution while marching.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence|Ben Jacobs|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mrs. Morris then proceeded to give in fragmentary speeches an outline of the constitution and government of the estate.Desperate Remedies|Thomas Hardy
A revolution of this same Chinese character did young Oxford of that era effect in the constitution of mail-coach society.
By the necessity of our constitution a certain enthusiasm attends the individual's consciousness of that divine presence.Essays, First Series|Ralph Waldo Emerson
See Trollope, ii, 179, as to the endless Florentine devices to check special power and to vary the balance of the constitution.The Evolution of States|J. M. Robertson
Does the Constitution discriminate between different kinds of property?The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Jefferson Davis
British Dictionary definitions for constitution
Word Origin and History for constitution
mid-14c., "law, regulation, edict," from Old French constitucion (12c.) "constitution, establishment," and directly from Latin constitutionem (nominative constitutio) "act of settling, settled condition, anything arranged or settled upon, regulation, order, ordinance," from constitut-, past participle stem of constituere (see constitute).
Meaning "action of establishing" is from 1580s; that of "way in which a thing is constituted" is from c.1600; that of "physical health, strength and vigor of the body" is from 1550s; of the mind, "temperament, character" from 1580s. Sense of "mode of organization of a state" is from c.1600; that of "system of principles by which a community is governed" dates from 1730s; especially of a document of written laws since the U.S. and French constitutions, late 18c.
Medicine definitions for constitution
Culture definitions for constitution (1 of 2)
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)
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.