Definitions of constitution

  1. the way in which someone or something is composed
  2. The act or process of constituting; the action of enacting, establishing, or appointing; enactment; establishment; formation.
  3. 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.
  4. The aggregate of mental qualities; temperament.
  5. 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. 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. The act of establishing; the thing established; bodily strength; mental or physical temperament; the system of fundamental laws of nation, state, or society.
  8. The natural condition of body or mind: a system of laws and customs: the established form of government: in U. S. the highest, fundamental law.
  9. Act of constituting; natural condition of mind or body; code of organic laws; established system of government.
  10. The act of constituting.
  11. A system of related parts; composition; bodily frame or temperament; the organic law, as of a State.
  12. The act of constituting or appointing; that form of being or structure of parts which constitutes a system or body; frame or temper of mind; affections or passions; the established form of government in a state or kingdom; a system of fundamental rules or principles for the government of a state or country; a law or ordinance made by the authority of some superior body, either ecclesiastical or civil. Apostolic constitutions, a code regulative of faith and church discipline ascribed by some to the apostles. Constitutions of Clarendon, certain statutes defining the jurisdiction of church and state drawn up at Clarendon in 1164.
  13. The natural frame of body of any human being or any animal; the peculiar temper of the mind, passions, or affections; the peculiar character or structure of anything, as of air; the established form of government in a country; a particular law or regulation.