[ kon-sti-too-shuh-nl, -tyoo- ]
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  1. of or relating to the constitution of a state, organization, etc.

  2. subject to the provisions of such a constitution: a constitutional monarchy.

  1. 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.

  2. belonging to or inherent in the character or makeup of a person's body or mind: a constitutional weakness for sweets.

  3. pertaining to the constitution or composition of a thing; essential.

  4. beneficial to one's constitution; healthful: constitutional exercise.

  1. a walk or other mild exercise taken for the benefit of one's health.

Origin of constitutional

First recorded in1675–85; constitution + -al1

Other words from constitutional

  • 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

Words Nearby constitutional Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use constitutional in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for constitutional


/ (ˌkɒnstɪˈtjuːʃənəl) /

  1. denoting, characteristic of, or relating to a constitution

  2. authorized by or subject to a constitution

  1. of or inherent in the physical make-up or basic nature of a person or thing: a constitutional weakness

  2. beneficial to one's general physical wellbeing

  1. a regular walk taken for the benefit of one's health

Derived forms of constitutional

  • constitutionally, adverb

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