con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈtü-shnəl How to pronounce constitutional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl, -ˈtyü- \

Definition of constitutional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to, inherent in, or affecting the constitution of body or mind
2 : of, relating to, or entering into the fundamental makeup of something : essential
3 : being in accordance with or authorized by the constitution of a state or society a constitutional government
4 : regulated by or ruling according to a constitution a constitutional monarchy
5 : of or relating to a constitution a constitutional crisis
6 : loyal to or supporting an established constitution or form of government



Definition of constitutional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a walk taken for one's health

Examples of constitutional in a Sentence

Adjective the constitutional guarantee of free speech a constitutional right to vote Constitutional symptoms of the disease include headache and fever. He has a constitutional dislike of controversy. Noun She's gone out for her morning constitutional. went for my evening constitutional in the park See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Nearly 20 students attending Oxford High School where four students were killed and seven others were injured in a mass shooting are now suing the school district, alleging that their constitutional rights to safety and education were violated. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 17 June 2022 The suit filed by Celeste Richardson alleges Sewell pursued a malicious prosecution against her in 2020, violating her constitutional rights and causing her intentional distress. oregonlive, 17 June 2022 The law was mainly meant to rein in the use of the Russian language, but for the conservative Hungarian community where many still learn, and pray, almost exclusively in Hungarian, the law was seen as an unfair infringement on constitutional rights. New York Times, 16 June 2022 Other speakers argued that the measure would infringe on constitutional rights to own or sell guns, and said gun rights advocates should be included in the discussion. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 June 2022 Most importantly, our plan saves lives while also protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. Alisa Wiersema, ABC News, 13 June 2022 Most importantly, our plan saves lives while also protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 12 June 2022 Two days before the second anniversary of Rayshard Brooks’ death, the two Atlanta police officers charged in the 27-year-old’s shooting filed federal lawsuits alleging they were falsely arrested and their constitutional rights were violated. Jozsef Papp, ajc, 11 June 2022 Claims include the violation of Cook's Fourth Amendment rights, First Amendment retaliation and civil conspiracy to violate his constitutional rights. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 11 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Supreme Court justices take two oaths, one judicial, and the other constitutional. Joanne M. Pierce, The Conversation, 19 Oct. 2020 Now more are on the streets, taking morning constitutionals, pushing strollers or riding bicycles wearing yellow kitchen gloves. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 1 May 2020 If your mom loves to listen to music during her daily constitutionals, but is running out of her cache of CDs, a Spotify subscription will be a revelation. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, 17 Apr. 2020 But the Rabbit kept going, disappearing into the mist long before Herr Doktor finished his constitutionals. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, 15 May 2018 Among the dissenting Islamist movements is the Saadet Party, a movement made up of ultraconservatives that in some ways is the intellectual predecessor to the AKP, but whose leadership actively campaigned against the April constitutional changes. Umar Farooq,, 10 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of constitutional


1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Constitutional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for constitutional


con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ ˌkän-stə-ˈtü-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce constitutional (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Kids Definition of constitutional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having to do with a person's physical or mental makeup
2 : relating to or in agreement with a constitution (as of a nation) constitutional rights



Kids Definition of constitutional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a walk taken to maintain health


con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ -shnəl, -shən-ᵊl How to pronounce constitutional (audio) \

Medical Definition of constitutional

: a walk taken for one's health



Legal Definition of constitutional

1 : consistent with or authorized by the constitution of a state or society constitutional rights
2 : regulated by, dependent on, or ruling according to a constitution a constitutional monarchy
3 : of, relating to, or dealing with a constitution or its interpretation, formulation, or amendment a constitutional convention constitutional lawyers

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