Definitions of constitution

  1. the way in which someone or something is composed
  2. law determining the fundamental political principles of a government
  3. 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
  4. the act of forming something; " the constitution of a PTA group last year"; " it was the establishment of his reputation"; " he still remembers the organization of the club"
  5. The act or process of constituting; the action of enacting, establishing, or appointing; enactment; establishment; formation.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The aggregate of mental qualities; temperament.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The fundamental principles and laws adopted by an organization for the regulation and governing of its affairs.
  12. The act of establishing; the thing established; bodily strength; mental or physical temperament; the system of fundamental laws of nation, state, or society.
  13. 1. The physical make up of the body, including the mode of performance of its functions, the activity of its metabolic processes, the manner and degree of its reactions to stimuli, and its power of resistance to the attack of pathogenic organisms. 2. In chemistry, the number and kind of atoms in the molecule and the relation which they bear to each other.
  14. The state or physical condition of an animal; composition.
  15. 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.
  16. Act of constituting; natural condition of mind or body; code of organic laws; established system of government.
  17. The act of constituting.
  18. A system of related parts; composition; bodily frame or temperament; the organic law, as of a State.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

Usage examples for constitution

  1. " We haven't got your constitution," replied her son. – The Dark Tower by Phyllis Bottome
  2. It is generally admitted that the invisible hemisphere of the moon is, by its constitution, absolutely similar to the visible hemisphere. – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  3. Now the fact was that England was not in any way responsible for that constitution. – Selected-Speeches-on-British-Foreign-Policy-1738-1914 by Jones, Edgar R. (Edgar Rees), Sir
  4. The new constitution was the cause of it. – History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814 by F. A. M. Miguet
  5. On them depends the duration of our Constitution and our country. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  6. He provided a military protection for himself and the new constitution which he established. – Public Lands and Agrarian Laws of the Roman Republic by Andrew Stephenson
  7. "; and of any change in the constitution itself. – The History of the Fabian Society by Edward R. Pease
  8. Such was the character of the constitution when it was offered to the people, and before it was adopted. – The Unconstitutionality of Slavery by Lysander Spooner
  9. Their diet should be light, cool, and of an opening nature; not only suited to the age and constitution, but also to the manner of life. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  10. They might well do so, for they had not been consulted in any way upon this new constitution. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 9 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
  11. I have heart and cravin' that our people may grow better, and I deed my land to a school as long as the Constitution of the United States stands. – The Tempering by Charles Neville Buck
  12. I have such a weak constitution. – Plays A Protégée of the Mistress; Poverty Is No Crime; Sin and Sorrow Are Common to All; It's a Family Affair--We'll Settle It Ourselves by Alexander Ostrovsky
  13. In five minutes the Constitution had been prepared for action. – Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812 by James Barnes
  14. From an old friend to this civil constitution, and long your prisoner. – The Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut by M. Louise Greene, Ph. D.
  15. There is a trouble with such legislation, in that it may be said to allow the president to make the law; and under our Constitution the president cannot make laws. – Popular Law-making by Frederic Jesup Stimson
  16. No constitution could stand it. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  17. But at least as Dr. Preuss said to me of his Constitution-" it will not get in the way of anything better." – The New Germany by George Young
  18. And since the innermost constitution of a man's talent unconsciously acts as the driving tendency, the direction of the aim of his life, his very fate and his conception of the world, since all this is so, the lyric poet that Verhaeren is must of necessity have a lyrical conception of the world, his cosmic feeling must be lyrical. – Ã‰mile Verhaeren by Stefan Zweig
  19. I imagine the constitution of the Easterns must be peculiar. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking