Definition of constitutionalize in English:

constitutionalize

verb

[WITH OBJECT]North american
  • Make subject to explicit provisions of a country's constitution.

    ‘divorce is not constitutionalized’
    • ‘The Supreme Court, to the extent it has constitutionalized a right of academic freedom at all, appears to have recognized only an institutional right of self-governance in academic affairs.’
    • ‘Over unanimous Democratic opposition, Republicans passed the Fourteenth Amendment, which constitutionalized civil rights by guaranteeing due process and equality before the law for all.’
    • ‘They overturn laws passed by legislators, constitutionalize rights not enumerated in the Constitution, even determine the outcome of a presidential election.’
    • ‘The 21st Amendment, in turn, constitutionalized this legal regime and restored the pre-18th Amendment constitutional balance.’
    • ‘The only real hope of heading off the judicial drive to constitutionalize homosexual marriage is in the adoption of an amendment to the Constitution.’
    • ‘As part of the deal to constitutionalize rights in the '82 Constitution Act, the provinces extracted a pound of flesh from the Feds.’
    • ‘Finally, very significant is the constitutionalizing of the right to sue one's government.’
    • ‘Of course, if one's concern is really about courts forcing the pro-gay-marriage position on states that oppose gay marriage, the solution would be an amendment that constitutionalizes DOMA.’
    • ‘Rather, Congress retained the power over interstate Commerce, and § 2 simply constitutionalized Congress's exercise of its Commerce Clause authority to allow states to treat domestic and interstate liquor equally.’
    • ‘As a doctrinal matter, I don't find the Court's attempt to constitutionalize his harm principle (which holds that private behavior cannot be regulated absent harm to others) especially convincing.’
    • ‘In effect, the court constitutionalised, so to speak, an absolute limitation.’
    • ‘While property rights have been constitutionalized in international economic agreements, labour and other human rights have been left outside, in the realm of the voluntary and private.’
    • ‘Now, why should the rules, which are developing in these areas suddenly be constitutionalised?’
    • ‘This system lasted until the mid-20th century, when criminal procedure was constitutionalized and the job of reviewing criminal convictions, especially in capital cases, in effect shifted from governors to appellate courts.’
    • ‘He is mildly positive but points out that a talk-radio discussion of the bill ‘illustrates how quick people are, even on the right, to constitutionalize all sorts of arguments that aren't really about the Constitution at all.’’
    • ‘This Amendment would constitutionalize a scheme more commonly known as ‘tax-increment financing’.’
    • ‘Is, therefore, this aspect of the common law to be constitutionalised beyond the reach of Parliament to alter in any respect?’
    • ‘Almost everywhere ‘written’ constitutions govern, fair procedure has been constitutionalized.’
    • ‘In a follow-up response article, I speculate a bit about why the Court often constitutionalizes property law rules into Fourth Amendment doctrine despite rejecting property as a formal guide.’
    • ‘She suggests - rightly, I think - that it may be politically and legally important to constitutionalize the No Exit understanding of parenthood - to insist on a rights-based understanding of parental entitlement.’
    make laws, pass laws, enact laws, formulate laws, establish laws, codify laws, ratify laws, constitutionalize, put laws in force
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Pronunciation:

constitutionalize

/ˌkänstəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)nəˌlīz/