Definition of constitutional in English:

constitutional

adjective

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

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

    ‘a constitutional weakness’
    • ‘Intermittent claudication became a sign of inherent constitutional weakness, so that it was also to be found as a sign for the male hysteric.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This may be caused by constitutional weakness, excessive work, illness or emotional stress.’
    inherent, inbred, intrinsic, innate, structural, fundamental, essential
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noun

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

    • ‘One of the times I was listening to this movement I was taking my daily constitutional.’
    • ‘It will still be worth going for a little constitutional afterwards, though, instead of slumping in front of the TV set.’
    • ‘I took one of my regular constitutionals tonight.’
    • ‘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.’
    walk, stroll, saunter, turn, wander, amble, breather, airing, ramble, hike
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Pronunciation

constitutional

/ˌkɑnstəˈt(j)uʃ(ə)n(ə)l//ˌkänstəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)n(ə)l/