Definition of constitutional in US English:

constitutional

adjective

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

    ‘a constitutional amendment’
    • ‘This clearly concerns the now well established doctrine or principle of constitutional law of supremacy.’
    • ‘What's next, a constitutional amendment to preserve the right to breathe fresh air?’
    • ‘Now is the time for us to be eternally vigilant in protecting the constitutional principles on which our nation was built.’
    • ‘In response, a constitutional amendment that curbs the military's power was passed in May.’
    • ‘It is a fundamental constitutional principle, deeply entrenched within our system.’
    • ‘The reverence given to the Constitution is one explanation for the very small number of constitutional amendments.’
    • ‘A committee is due to release draft constitutional amendments as early as next month.’
    • ‘Therefore, we reaffirm our support for a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget.’
    • ‘Use of this principle with respect to constitutional interpretation may still be controversial.’
    • ‘The people might even pass a constitutional amendment reversing the Supreme Court's decision.’
    • ‘The federalism proposed by the liberal opponents of a constitutional amendment is in fact a sham.’
    • ‘At the same time, only a minority of Americans support a constitutional amendment opposing gay marriage.’
    • ‘They oppose the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, but at the same time oppose 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.’
    • ‘The minority denounced the stay as a violation of both constitutional procedures and democratic principles.’
    • ‘It is a constitutional document, and constitutional documents and principles are always the subject of debate.’
    • ‘He said that despite his Euroscepticism, he was not in principle opposed to a constitutional treaty for the European Union.’
    • ‘I'm opposed to any kind of constitutional amendment or federal involvement in this issue.’
    • ‘The underlying process is the destruction of the established legal and constitutional framework.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘He multiplied assurances to the establishment, claiming that constitutional government was safe.’
      • ‘To take ‘loyalty to the Queen’ out of the oath is not to deny that New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy.’
      • ‘Given her weakness in constitutional law, her background in business law looks like a strength.’
      • ‘If we are, how do we return to democratic, constitutional government when the emergency is over?’
      • ‘In June 1960 a group of princes signed a memorandum calling for a constitutional monarchy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, the new memo ignored the question of the constitutional authority of the president to authorize torture.’
      • ‘The Deputy Prime Minister said today that he believes in supporting the constitutional monarchy.’
      • ‘Upholding the ideals of service and duty is one of three purposes of a constitutional monarchy.’
      • ‘Luxembourg is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Spain was once a dictatorship, for example, then became a constitutional monarchy under King Carlos.’
      • ‘Parliament had cut back the monarchy to a constitutional role, and asserted its own sovereignty as the representative of the people.’
      • ‘He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and attacked the constitutional legitimacy of the military regime.’
      • ‘Fundamental constitutional principles are few, and even they are subject to change.’
      • ‘That is, the Federal Treasury creates credit under constitutional authority.’
      • ‘The politics of rights varies according to whether constitutional or non-constitutional regimes are involved.’
      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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This may be caused by constitutional weakness, excessive work, illness or emotional stress.’
    • ‘As well as constitutional treatment, she agreed to remedies to attack the cancer itself.’
    • ‘That case, I believe, presents the risk of constitutional depression, which debilitating condition can and must be avoided.’
    • ‘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, typically one taken regularly to maintain or restore good health.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the times I was listening to this movement I was taking my daily constitutional.’
    • ‘I guess by the time she's my age I'll be content with exertion no more strenuous than a nightly 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.’
    walk, stroll, saunter, turn, wander, amble, breather, airing, ramble, hike
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Pronunciation

constitutional

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