Definition of constitutional in English:

constitutional

adjective

  • 1Relating to an established set of principles governing a state.

    ‘a constitutional amendment’
    • ‘The minority denounced the stay as a violation of both constitutional procedures and democratic principles.’
    • ‘The federalism proposed by the liberal opponents of a constitutional amendment is in fact a sham.’
    • ‘Use of this principle with respect to constitutional interpretation may still be controversial.’
    • ‘The underlying process is the destruction of the established legal and constitutional framework.’
    • ‘They oppose the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, but at the same time oppose gay marriage.’
    • ‘It is a constitutional document, and constitutional documents and principles are always the subject of debate.’
    • ‘At the same time, only a minority of Americans support a constitutional amendment opposing gay marriage.’
    • ‘He is prepared to agree only if a constitutional amendment to curtail the powers of the future president is agreed to at the same time.’
    • ‘I'm opposed to any kind of constitutional amendment or federal involvement in this issue.’
    • ‘A committee is due to release draft constitutional amendments as early as next month.’
    • ‘In response, a constitutional amendment that curbs the military's power was passed in May.’
    • ‘He said that despite his Euroscepticism, he was not in principle opposed to a constitutional treaty for the European Union.’
    • ‘It is a fundamental constitutional principle, deeply entrenched within our system.’
    • ‘Now is the time for us to be eternally vigilant in protecting the constitutional principles on which our nation was built.’
    • ‘Therefore, we reaffirm our support for a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget.’
    • ‘What's next, a constitutional amendment to preserve the right to breathe fresh air?’
    • ‘The reverence given to the Constitution is one explanation for the very small number of constitutional amendments.’
    • ‘Only then will the PNG government introduce the constitutional amendment.’
    • ‘The people might even pass a constitutional amendment reversing the Supreme Court's decision.’
    • ‘This clearly concerns the now well established doctrine or principle of constitutional law of supremacy.’
    1. 1.1 In accordance with a constitution.
      ‘a constitutional monarchy’
      • ‘Upholding the ideals of service and duty is one of three purposes of a constitutional monarchy.’
      • ‘No one in the press corps challenged this attack on fundamental constitutional principles.’
      • ‘Parliament had cut back the monarchy to a constitutional role, and asserted its own sovereignty as the representative of the people.’
      • ‘That is, the Federal Treasury creates credit under constitutional authority.’
      • ‘If we are, how do we return to democratic, constitutional government when the emergency is over?’
      • ‘The politics of rights varies according to whether constitutional or non-constitutional regimes are involved.’
      • ‘Spain was once a dictatorship, for example, then became a constitutional monarchy under King Carlos.’
      • ‘A vote set to sail through became mired in questions of authority and constitutional legitimacy.’
      • ‘Questioning the legitimacy or constitutional propriety of an action by the executive is a useful device for the opposition.’
      • ‘Given her weakness in constitutional law, her background in business law looks like a strength.’
      • ‘To take ‘loyalty to the Queen’ out of the oath is not to deny that New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy.’
      • ‘In June 1960 a group of princes signed a memorandum calling for a constitutional monarchy.’
      • ‘However, the new memo ignored the question of the constitutional authority of the president to authorize torture.’
      • ‘Luxembourg is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy.’
      • ‘He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and attacked the constitutional legitimacy of the military regime.’
      • ‘The Deputy Prime Minister said today that he believes in supporting the constitutional monarchy.’
      • ‘Fundamental constitutional principles are few, and even they are subject to change.’
      • ‘He multiplied assurances to the establishment, claiming that constitutional government was safe.’
      • ‘Only Congress can declare war and only Congress has the constitutional authority to raise money for war and diplomacy.’
      legal, lawful, legitimate, licit, authorized, permitted, permissible
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  • 2Relating to someone's nature or physical condition.

    ‘a constitutional weakness’
    • ‘This may be caused by constitutional weakness, excessive work, illness or emotional stress.’
    • ‘That case, I believe, presents the risk of constitutional depression, which debilitating condition can and must be avoided.’
    • ‘By treating the Causative Factor, the patients underlying constitutional weakness, healing is supported on the most profound level.’
    • ‘We are all looking for happiness, as that is the constitutional nature of the soul.’
    • ‘As well as constitutional treatment, she agreed to remedies to attack the cancer itself.’
    • ‘Intermittent claudication became a sign of inherent constitutional weakness, so that it was also to be found as a sign for the male hysteric.’
    • ‘At any age errors in diet will be all the more likely to tell upon the liver if there be any constitutional weakness in the functional power of the organ.’
    inherent, inbred, intrinsic, innate, structural, fundamental, essential
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noun

dated
  • A walk taken regularly to maintain or restore good health.

    ‘she went out for a constitutional’
    • ‘I guess by the time she's my age I'll be content with exertion no more strenuous than a nightly constitutional.’
    • ‘I need to be in prime shape for my wedding day, and chances are my daily constitutionals in the park are no longer going to cut it.’
    • ‘I took one of my regular constitutionals tonight.’
    • ‘It will still be worth going for a little constitutional afterwards, though, instead of slumping in front of the TV set.’
    • ‘One of the times I was listening to this movement I was taking my daily constitutional.’
    walk, stroll, saunter, turn, wander, amble, breather, airing, ramble, hike
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Pronunciation

constitutional

/kɒnstɪˈtjuːʃ(ə)n(ə)l/