- 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.
Origin of constitutional
Examples from the Web for constitutional
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
January 5, 2015
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’
January 2, 2015
Of course, police have constitutional rights to express themselves.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall
December 29, 2014
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
December 12, 2014
Constitutional arguments aside, there do seem to be some better ways to create conditions for upward mobility among newcomers.Legal but Still Poor: The Economic Consequences of Amnesty
November 21, 2014
It is the constitutional method of ascertaining the public will.
The only constitutional tax is the tax which ministers to public necessity.
If they were in, they were in with a constitutional challenge.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
I'm a constitutional officer that works for my living, and does my work creditable.Barnaby Rudge
We take as our basis, then, the constitutional division of ten tribes.The Cavalry General
- 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 thinga constitutional weakness
- beneficial to one's general physical wellbeing
- a regular walk taken for the benefit of one's health
Word Origin and History for constitutional
1680s, "pertaining to a person's (physical or mental) constitution," from constitution + -al (1). Meaning "beneficial to bodily constitution" is from 1750. Meaning "authorized or allowed by the political constitution" is from 1765. Constitutional monarchy is recorded from 1801, from French. Related: Constitutionally.
"a constitutional walk," 1829, probably originally among university students, from constitutional (adj.) in the "beneficial to bodily health" sense.
- Of or relating to one's physical makeup.
- Of or proceeding from the basic structure or nature of a person or thing; inherent.