Definitions for constitution
ˌkɒn stɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-con·sti·tu·tion
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word constitution.
fundamental law, organic law, constitutionnoun
law determining the fundamental political principles of a government
constitution, establishment, formation, organization, organisationnoun
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"
United States Constitution, U.S. Constitution, US Constitution, Constitution, Constitution of the United Statesnoun
the constitution written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen states
constitution, composition, physical composition, makeup, make-upnoun
the way in which someone or something is composed
Constitution, Old Ironsidesnoun
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
The act, or process of setting something up, or establishing something; the composition or structure of such a thing; its makeup.
The formal or informal system of primary principles and laws that regulates a government or other institutions.
A legal document describing such a formal system.
The general health of a person.
A person's physique or temperament
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from constitute.
This is more beneficial to us than any other constitution. Richard Bentley, Sermons.
This light being trajected through the parallel prisms, if it suffered any change by the refraction of one, it lost that impression by the contrary refraction of the other; and so, being restored to its pristine constitution, became of the same condition as at first. Isaac Newton, Opt.
Amongst many bad effects of this oily constitution, there is one advantage; such who arrive to age, are not subject to stricture of fibres. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.
If such men happen, by their native constitutions, to fall into the gout, either they mind it not at all, having no leisure to be sick, or they use it like a dog. William Temple.
Beauty is nothing else but a just accord and mutual harmony of the members, animated by a healthful constitution. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.
Dametas, according to the constitution of a dull head, thinks no better way to shew himself wise than by suspecting every thing in his way. Philip Sidney.
Some dear friend dead; else nothing in the world
Could turn so much the constitution
Of any constant man. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.
He defended himself with undaunted courage, and less passion than was expected from his constitution. Edward Hyde.
The Norman conqu’ring all by might,
Mixing our customs, and the form of right,
With foreign constitutions he had brought. Samuel Daniel, Civ. War.
We lawfully may observe the positive constitutions of our own churches. Richard Hooker, b. iv. sect. 5.
Constitution, properly speaking in the sense of the civil law, is that law which is made and ordained by some king or emperor; yet the canonists, by adding the word sacred to it, make it to signify the same as an ecclesiastical canon. John Ayliffe.
A constitution is the aggregate of fundamental principles or established precedents that constitute the legal basis of a polity, organisation or other type of entity and commonly determine how that entity is to be governed.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 encompassed in a single comprehensive document, it is said to embody a codified constitution. The Constitution of the United Kingdom is a notable example of an uncodified constitution; it is instead written in numerous fundamental Acts of a legislature, court cases or treaties.Constitutions concern different levels of organizations, from sovereign countries 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, 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 country in the world, with 146,385 words in its English-language version, while the Constitution of Monaco is the shortest written constitution with 3,814 words. The Constitution of San Marino might be the world's oldest active written constitution, since some of its core documents have been in operation since 1600, while the Constitution of the United States is the oldest active codified constitution. The historical life expectancy of a constitution since 1789 is approximately 19 years.
A constitution is a fundamental set of rules, principles, or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is governed. These guidelines are typically written down in a single document, which lays out and explains the political structure, procedures, powers, and duties of the government and guarantees certain rights to the people. It can also refer to the physical or mental condition of an individual.
the act or process of constituting; the action of enacting, establishing, or appointing; enactment; establishment; formation
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
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
the aggregate of mental qualities; temperament
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
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
Etymology: [F. constitution, L. constitutio.]
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.
A document and specification of democratic articles, principles, regulations and rules defining the fundamental governmental rules of a country or form of unity government that are cocreated and changed with the choices and decisions of the people. The focus is on cocreating optimum health, human rights, right to life, shared and equal prosperity for all, stability, unity government, solidarity, cohesion, animal rights, right to housing, right to education, right to parent, right to childcare, right to a standard of living, right to internet access, economic stability, financial stability, civil rights, equal rights, equal opportunities, employment rights, childrens rights, sustainable development, sustainable development goals, united partnership, multi-party working, community empowerment systems, equal distribution of income, wealth, fairness and justness across society, the country, europe and the world and contribute to the cocreation of global and national peace agreements, peace treaties, the universes truth and a fair, just and transparent system of checks and balances.
Every country in the world deserves a constitution, a living document that people know they have the choice and ability to see and change it.
Submitted by MaryC on January 1, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'constitution' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2551
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Rank popularity for the word 'constitution' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4144
Rank popularity for the word 'constitution' in Nouns Frequency: #1077
The numerical value of constitution in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of constitution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Trump thinks ‘our country is going to hell.’ Well, there is likely little more than a chance in hell that we are going to amend the Constitution, amending the Constitution is one of the most serious things that lawmakers can do. Therefore the path to doing it is rightfully arduous. I would put the chances … as beyond a longshot. To be sure, changing the Constitution, the supreme law of the land, would require a two-thirds vote in Congress, then ratification from three-fourths of state legislatures. It could also be changed through a constitutional convention in which at least 34 states convene to vote on an amendment, which would then need ratification from a minimum 38 states. Trump since announcing his candidacy in mid-June has made illegal immigrants from Mexico a top concern and has suggested several solutions -- including a wall along the southern border and the change to birthright citizenship.
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.... While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.
The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons. Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us.
The words of the Constitution are so unrestricted by their intrinsic meaning or by their history or by tradition or by prior decisions that they leave the individual Justice free, if indeed they do not compel him, to gather meaning not from reading the Constitution but from reading life.
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- قانون أساسي, دستور, نظامArabic
- телосложение, конституция, устройствоBulgarian
- forfatning, grundlovDanish
- Verfassen, Grundgesetz, Konstitution, VerfassungGerman
- constituciones, constituciónSpanish
- قانون اساسیPersian
- yleiskunto, rakenne, perustus, kokoaminen, perustuslaki, koostumus, perustaminenFinnish
- dèanamh, bun-reachdScottish Gaelic
- חוקה, הרכבHebrew
- संविधान, शरीरावस्थाHindi
- konstitisyonHaitian Creole
- konstituciono, konstituceso, konstitucoIdo
- 編成, 憲法, 構成Japanese
- 헌법, 憲法Korean
- KonstitutiounLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- gronjdwetLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
- kaupapa tureMāori
- устав, уредување, составMacedonian
- resam tubuh, penubuhan, perlembagaanMalay
- helse, grunnlovNorwegian
- ustawa zasadnicza, konstytucjaPolish
- состояние организма, конституция, телосложение, основной закон, устройствоRussian
- hiến pháp, 憲法Vietnamese
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