[kon-sti-too-shuh-nl-iz-uh m, -tyoo-]


the principles of constitutional government or adherence to them.
constitutional rule or authority.

Nearby words

  1. constitutional psychology,
  2. constitutional reaction,
  3. constitutional strike,
  4. constitutional symptom,
  5. constitutional union party,
  6. constitutionalist,
  7. constitutionality,
  8. constitutionalize,
  9. constitutionally,
  10. constitutive

Origin of constitutionalism

First recorded in 1825–35; constitutional + -ism

Related formsan·ti·con·sti·tu·tion·al·ism, nounhy·per·con·sti·tu·tion·al·ism, nounpro·con·sti·tu·tion·al·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for constitutionalism



the principles, spirit, or system of government in accord with a constitution, esp a written constitution
adherence to or advocacy of such a system or such principles
Derived Formsconstitutionalist, noun

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Word Origin and History for constitutionalism



1832, "constitutional system of government;" occasionally also "constitutionality;" from constitutional (adj.) + -ism.

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