[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.
  3. 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.
  4. belonging to or inherent in the character or makeup of a person's body or mind: a constitutional weakness for sweets.
  5. pertaining to the constitution or composition of a thing; essential.
  6. 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 in 1675–85; constitution + -al1
Related formsan·ti·con·sti·tu·tion·al, adjectivean·ti·con·sti·tu·tion·al·ly, adverbhy·per·con·sti·tu·tion·al, adjectivehy·per·con·sti·tu·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·con·sti·tu·tion·al, adjectivepro·con·sti·tu·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-con·sti·tu·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-con·sti·tu·tion·al·ly, adverbsu·per·con·sti·tu·tion·al, adjectivesu·per·con·sti·tu·tion·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. denoting, characteristic of, or relating to a constitution
  2. authorized by or subject to a constitution
  3. of or inherent in the physical make-up or basic nature of a person or thinga constitutional weakness
  4. beneficial to one's general physical wellbeing
  1. a regular walk taken for the benefit of one's health
Derived Formsconstitutionally, adverb
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

constitutional in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to one's physical makeup.
  2. Of or proceeding from the basic structure or nature of a person or thing; inherent.
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