Definition of Constitution

1. Noun. Law determining the fundamental political principles of a government.

Exact synonyms: Fundamental Law, Organic Law
Generic synonyms: Law
Specialized synonyms: Constitution Of The United States, U.s. Constitution, United States Constitution, Us Constitution
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Constitutionalize

2. Noun. The act of forming or establishing something. "He still remembers the organization of the club"

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

4. Noun. The way in which someone or something is composed.
Exact synonyms: Composition, Make-up, Makeup, Physical Composition
Generic synonyms: Property
Specialized synonyms: Structure, Phenotype, Genetic Constitution, Genotype, Grain, Texture, Karyotype
Derivative terms: Constitute, Make Up, Make Up

5. 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.
Exact synonyms: Old Ironsides
Generic synonyms: Sailing Warship

Definition of Constitution

1. n. The act or process of constituting; the action of enacting, establishing, or appointing; enactment; establishment; formation.

Definition of Constitution

1. Proper noun. The supreme law of some countries, such as Australia, Ireland, and the United States. ¹

2. Noun. The act, or process of setting something up, or establishing something; the composition or structure of such a thing; its makeup. ¹

3. Noun. The formal or informal system of primary principles and laws that regulates a government or other institutions. ¹

4. Noun. A legal document describing such a formal system. ¹

5. Noun. The general health of a person. ¹

6. Noun. A person's physique or temperament ¹

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Definition of Constitution

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Medical Definition of Constitution

1. 1. The physical makeup of a 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 they bear to each other. Origin: L. Constitutio, constitution, disposition, fr. Constituo, pp. -stitutus, to establish, fr. Statuo, to set up (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Constitution

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1900)
"The source of the evil is not, therefore, in the constitution of the power, but in the constitution of those States which render its existence necessary. ..."

2. The American Historical Review by American Historical Association (1904)
"COMPROMISES OF THE constitution WHEN the question of adopting the Federal constitution was being considered in the Pennsylvania state convention, ..."

3. Rights of Man by Thomas Paine (1906)
"A constitution is the property of a nation, and not of those who exercise the government. All the constitutions of America are declared to be established on ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, George Walter Prothero, Sir Adolphus William Ward (1909)
"Yet, after submitting the constitution to the notables assembled at Vienna for the purpose, under the presidency of Archduke Francis Charles, ..."

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