of or relating to the constitution of a state, organization, etc.
subject to the provisions of such a constitution: a constitutional monarchy.
provided by, in accordance with, or not prohibited by, such a constitution: the constitutional powers of the president; a law held to be constitutional by the Supreme Court.
belonging to or inherent in the character or makeup of a person's body or mind: a constitutional weakness for sweets.
pertaining to the constitution or composition of a thing; essential.
beneficial to one's constitution; healthful: constitutional exercise.
a walk or other mild exercise taken for the benefit of one's health.
- an·ti·con·sti·tu·tion·al, adjective
- an·ti·con·sti·tu·tion·al·ly, adverb
- hy·per·con·sti·tu·tion·al, adjective
- hy·per·con·sti·tu·tion·al·ly, adverb
- non·con·sti·tu·tion·al, adjective
- pro·con·sti·tu·tion·al, adjective
- qua·si-con·sti·tu·tion·al, adjective
- qua·si-con·sti·tu·tion·al·ly, adverb
- su·per·con·sti·tu·tion·al, adjective
- su·per·con·sti·tu·tion·al·ly, adverb
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How to use constitutional in a sentence
Ultimately, though, neither side finds a compromise and we find ourselves in the midst of a full-blown constitutional crisis.
This year, what stumped Hutchins, despite all his resourcefulness, was how he was going to exercise his basic constitutional right to vote during a pandemic.Hundreds of Thousands of Nursing Home Residents May Not Be Able to Vote in November Because of the Pandemic | by Ryan McCarthy and Jack Gillum | August 26, 2020 | ProPublica
Paul, from next-door Kentucky, even cut an ad for Sethi asking voters to back “the constitutional conservative Tennessee deserves.”
Because there was a whole movement in constitutional law, to de-center courts.Does the President Matter as Much as You Think? (Ep. 404) | Stephen J. Dubner | February 6, 2020 | Freakonomics
From just a narrowly constitutional perspective, he does seem less aggressive than his predecessors.Does the President Matter as Much as You Think? (Ep. 404) | Stephen J. Dubner | February 6, 2020 | Freakonomics
These matters are not mere threats to abstract constitutional principles.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Actually, the guessing game is over; the weddings have begun, as have weird attempts to circumvent our constitutional democracy.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over | Jay Michaelson | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
She fails to appreciate the congressional and constitutional obstacles Johnson had to overcome to win passage of the bill.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’ | Gary May | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of course, police have constitutional rights to express themselves.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall | Matt Gallagher | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The constitutional problem with this ruling, experts say, is that it places an extra burden on women for being pregnant.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences | Emily Shire | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The man did not live, nor could the occasion arrive, which would quicken his constitutional drawl.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
It was commonly thought in America that Mr. Adams, although not a judge, had a singular gift for constitutional interpretation.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
But he would not, with his build and constitutional habit, last out here for one fortnight.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Kilkelly was a busy, but never seemed an overworked man, due I suppose to some constitutional quality he enjoyed.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The three plodded on, taking a diligent constitutional walk, exchanging very few words, and those chiefly between the girls.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for constitutional
denoting, characteristic of, or relating to a constitution
authorized by or subject to a constitution
of or inherent in the physical make-up or basic nature of a person or thing: a constitutional weakness
beneficial to one's general physical wellbeing
a regular walk taken for the benefit of one's health
- constitutionally, adverb
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