Definitions for Constitutionˌkɒn stɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•sti•tu•tionˌkɒn stɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-(n.)

  1. the way in which a thing is composed or made up; makeup; composition.

  2. the physical character of the body as to strength, health, etc.:

    a strong constitution.

  3. the aggregate of a person's physical and psychological characteristics.

    Category: Psychology, Medicine

  4. the act or process of constituting; establishment.

  5. the state of being constituted; formation.

  6. any established arrangement or custom.

  7. (cap.) the fundamental or organic law of the U.S., framed in 1787 and put into effect in 1789.

    Category: Government

  8. the system of fundamental principles according to which a nation, state, corporation, or the like, is governed.

    Category: Government

  9. the document embodying these principles.

    Category: Government

  10. Archaic. disposition; temperament.

Origin of constitution:

1350–1400; ME < AF < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fundamental law, organic law, constitution(noun)

    law determining the fundamental political principles of a government

  2. constitution, establishment, formation, organization, organisation(noun)

    the act of forming or establishing something

    "the constitution of a PTA group last year"; "it was the establishment of his reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the club"

  3. United States Constitution, U.S. Constitution, US Constitution, Constitution, Constitution of the United States(noun)

    the constitution written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen states

  4. constitution, composition, physical composition, makeup, make-up(noun)

    the way in which someone or something is composed

  5. Constitution, Old Ironsides(noun)

    a United States 44-gun frigate that was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of the United States Navy; it has been rebuilt and is anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. constitution(noun)ˌkɒn stɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-

    a document stating the rights of citizens

    ***a change to the constitution

  2. constitutionˌkɒn stɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-

    sb's ability to remain strong and healthy

    his strong constitution

Wiktionary

  1. constitution(Noun)

    The act, or process of setting something up, or establishing something; the composition or structure of such a thing; its makeup.

  2. constitution(Noun)

    The formal or informal system of primary principles and laws that regulates a government or other institutions.

  3. constitution(Noun)

    A legal document describing such a formal system.

  4. constitution(Noun)

    The general health of a person.

  5. constitution(Noun)

    A person's physique or temperament

  6. Constitution(ProperNoun)

    The supreme law of some countries, such as Australia, Ireland, and the United States.

    The Constitution is anchored in English liberal thought and the Magna Carta.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constitution(noun)

    the act or process of constituting; the action of enacting, establishing, or appointing; enactment; establishment; formation

  2. Constitution(noun)

    the state of being; that form of being, or structure and connection of parts, which constitutes and characterizes a system or body; natural condition; structure; texture; conformation

  3. Constitution(noun)

    the aggregate of all one's inherited physical qualities; the aggregate of the vital powers of an individual, with reference to ability to endure hardship, resist disease, etc.; as, a robust constitution

  4. Constitution(noun)

    the aggregate of mental qualities; temperament

  5. Constitution(noun)

    the fundamental, organic law or principles of government of men, embodied in written documents, or implied in the institutions and usages of the country or society; also, a written instrument embodying such organic law, and laying down fundamental rules and principles for the conduct of affairs

  6. Constitution(noun)

    an authoritative ordinance, regulation or enactment; especially, one made by a Roman emperor, or one affecting ecclesiastical doctrine or discipline; as, the constitutions of Justinian

Freebase

  1. Constitution

    A constitution is a set of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is governed. These rules together make up, i.e. constitute, what the entity is. When these principles are written down into a single document or set of legal documents, those documents may be said to embody a written constitution; if they are written down in a single comprehensive document, it is said to embody a codified constitution. Constitutions concern different levels of organizations, from sovereign states to companies and unincorporated associations. A treaty which establishes an international organization is also its constitution, in that it would define how that organization is constituted. Within states, whether sovereign or federated, a constitution defines the principles upon which the state is based, the procedure in which laws are made and by whom. Some constitutions, especially codified constitutions, also act as limiters of state power, by establishing lines which a state's rulers cannot cross, such as fundamental rights. The Constitution of India is the longest written constitution of any sovereign country in the world, containing 448 articles, 12 schedules and 100 amendments, with 117,369 words in its English language version, while the United States Constitution is the shortest written constitution, at 7 articles and 27 amendments.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Constitution' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2551

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Constitution' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4144

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Constitution' in Nouns Frequency: #1077


Translations for Constitution

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

constitution(noun)

a set of rules governing an organization; the supreme laws and rights of a country's people etc

the constitution of the country.

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