What does constitution mean?

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ˌkɒn stɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-con·sti·tu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fundamental law, organic law, constitutionnoun

    law determining the fundamental political principles of a government

  2. 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"

  3. 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

  4. constitution, composition, physical composition, makeup, make-upnoun

    the way in which someone or something is composed

  5. 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


  1. constitutionnoun

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

  2. constitutionnoun

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

  3. constitutionnoun

    A legal document describing such a formal system.

  4. constitutionnoun

    The general health of a person.

  5. constitutionnoun

    A person's physique or temperament

  6. Constitutionnoun

    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

  1. Constitutionnoun

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constitutionnoun

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

  2. Constitutionnoun

    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. Constitutionnoun

    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. Constitutionnoun

    the aggregate of mental qualities; temperament

  5. Constitutionnoun

    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. Constitutionnoun

    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

  7. Etymology: [F. constitution, L. constitutio.]


  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. constitution

    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  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of constitution in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of constitution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of constitution in a Sentence

  1. Neil Gorsuch:

    We have a Constitution and it does guarantee free exercise and it also guarantees equal protection of the laws and a whole lot else.

  2. Lawrence Goldstone:

    What they were doing was hiding behind language to avoid the intent of the Constitution, which is to grant equal justice.

  3. Courtney Holland:

    Last time I checked the Constitution it said' We the People' not' Courtney Holland the Government,'.

  4. House Speaker John Boehner:

    Time and again, the President has chosen to rewrite the law whenever it suits him, ignoring the will of the American people and the Constitution itself, no one -- especially no president -- is above accountability to the Constitution and the rule of law.

  5. The President:

    Another candidate boasts that he introduced an amendment to end nationwide marriage equality. One said he loves the Constitution except for Article 3.

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