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CONSTITUTION, n. 1. The act of constituting, enacting, establishing, or appointing.2. The state of being; that form of being or peculiar structure and connection of parts which makes or characterizes a system or body. Hence the particular frame or temperament of the human body is called its constitution. We speak of a robust or feeble constitution; a cold, phlegmatic, sanguine or irritable constitution. We speak of the constitution of the air, or other substance; the constitution of the solar system; the constitution of things.3. The frame or temper of mind, affections or passions.4. The established form of government in a state, kingdom or country; a system of fundamental rules, principles and ordinances for the government of a state or nation. In free states, the constitution is paramount to the statutes or laws enacted by the legislature, limiting and controlling its power; and in the United States, the legislature is created, and its powers designated, by the constitution.5. A particular law, ordinance, or regulation, made by the authority of any superior, civil or ecclesiastical; as the constitutions of Justinian and his successors.6. A system of fundamental principles for the government of rational and social beings.The New Testament is the moral constitution of modern society.
CONSTITUTIONAL, a. 1. Bred or inherent in the constitution, or in the natural frame of body or mind; as a constitutional infirmity; constitutional ardor or dulness.2. Consistent with the constitution; authorized by the constitution or fundamental rules of a government; legal.An act of Congress prohibiting the importation of slaves into the United States is constitutional.3. Relating to the constitution; as a constitutional doubt.
CONSTITUTIONALIST, n. 1. An adherent to the constitution of government.2. An innovator of the old constitution, or a framer or friend of the new constitution in France.
CONSTITUTIONALITY, n. 1. The state of being constitutional; the state of being inherent in the natural frame; as the constitutionality of disease.2. The state of being consistent with the constitution or frame of government, or of being authorized by its provisions.The judges of the supreme court of the United States have the power of determining the constitutionality of laws.
CONSTITUTIONALLY, adv. In consistency with the constitution or frame of government.
CONSTITUTIONIST, n. One who adheres to the constitution of the country.
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