Definition of constitutional in English:

constitutional

adjective

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

    ‘a constitutional amendment’
    • ‘At the same time, only a minority of Americans support a constitutional amendment opposing gay marriage.’
    • ‘In response, a constitutional amendment that curbs the military's power was passed in May.’
    • ‘The reverence given to the Constitution is one explanation for the very small number of constitutional amendments.’
    • ‘The people might even pass a constitutional amendment reversing the Supreme Court's decision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Use of this principle with respect to constitutional interpretation may still be controversial.’
    • ‘They oppose the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, but at the same time oppose gay marriage.’
    • ‘This clearly concerns the now well established doctrine or principle of constitutional law of supremacy.’
    • ‘Now is the time for us to be eternally vigilant in protecting the constitutional principles on which our nation was built.’
    • ‘The underlying process is the destruction of the established legal and constitutional framework.’
    • ‘What's next, a constitutional amendment to preserve the right to breathe fresh air?’
    • ‘It is a fundamental constitutional principle, deeply entrenched within our system.’
    • ‘The federalism proposed by the liberal opponents of a constitutional amendment is in fact a sham.’
    • ‘It is a constitutional document, and constitutional documents and principles are always the subject of debate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only then will the PNG government introduce the constitutional amendment.’
    • ‘The minority denounced the stay as a violation of both constitutional procedures and democratic principles.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 In accordance with or allowed by an established set of principles governing a state.
      ‘a constitutional monarchy’
      • ‘The Deputy Prime Minister said today that he believes in supporting the constitutional monarchy.’
      • ‘If we are, how do we return to democratic, constitutional government when the emergency is over?’
      • ‘Luxembourg is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy.’
      • ‘Only Congress can declare war and only Congress has the constitutional authority to raise money for war and diplomacy.’
      • ‘He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and attacked the constitutional legitimacy of the military regime.’
      • ‘However, the new memo ignored the question of the constitutional authority of the president to authorize torture.’
      • ‘Spain was once a dictatorship, for example, then became a constitutional monarchy under King Carlos.’
      • ‘No one in the press corps challenged this attack on fundamental constitutional principles.’
      • ‘A vote set to sail through became mired in questions of authority and constitutional legitimacy.’
      • ‘Upholding the ideals of service and duty is one of three purposes of a constitutional monarchy.’
      • ‘He multiplied assurances to the establishment, claiming that constitutional government was safe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fundamental constitutional principles are few, and even they are subject to change.’
      • ‘Parliament had cut back the monarchy to a constitutional role, and asserted its own sovereignty as the representative of the people.’
      • ‘In June 1960 a group of princes signed a memorandum calling for a constitutional monarchy.’
      • ‘Questioning the legitimacy or constitutional propriety of an action by the executive is a useful device for the opposition.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Intermittent claudication became a sign of inherent constitutional weakness, so that it was also to be found as a sign for the male hysteric.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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
    promenade
    paseo
    passeggiata
    mosey, tootle
    pootle
    perambulation
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Pronunciation

constitutional

/ˌkänstəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)n(ə)l/