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Definition of "constitutional" []

  • Of or relating to a constitution: a constitutional amendment. (adjective)
  • Consistent with, sanctioned by, or permissible according to a constitution: a law that was declared constitutional by the court; the constitutional right of free speech. (adjective)
  • Established by or operating under a constitution: a constitutional government. (adjective)
  • Of or proceeding from the basic structure or nature of a person or thing; inherent: a constitutional inability to tell the truth. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to one's physical makeup. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "constitutional" in a sentence
  • "We know no more of a constitutional compact between sovereign powers, than we know of a _constitutional_ indenture of copartnership, a _constitutional_ deed of conveyance, or a"
  • "When applied to compacts between sovereign States, the term constitutional affixes to the word compact no definite idea."
  • "What precise meaning, then, does he attach to the term constitutional?"