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Definition of Constitution

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law, rule; physical condition; composition; set of governing principles
Constitution Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
The aggregate of mental qualities; temperament.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
The act or process of constituting; the action of enacting, establishing, or appointing; enactment; establishment; formation.
  
(n.)
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.
  
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constitution
\con`sti*tu"tion\ (?), n. [f. constitution, l. constitute.]
1. the act or process of constituting; the action of enacting, establishing, or appointing; enactment; establishment; formation.
2. 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 physical constitution of the sun. herschel.
3. 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. our constitutions have never been enfeebled by the vices or luxuries of the old world.
4. the aggregate of mental qualities; temperament. he defended himself with less passion than was expected from his constitution.
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. our constitution had begun to exist in times when statesmen were not much accustomed to frame exact definitions.
note: in england the constitution is unwritten, and may be modified from time to time by act of parliament. in the united states a constitution cannot ordinarily be modified, exept through such processes as the constitution itself ordains.
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. the positive constitutions of our own churches. a constitution of valentinian addressed to olybrius, then prefect of rome, for the regulation of the conduct of advocates. --george long.


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 united states constitution 
 constitution of the united states 
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Cyseiliad = n. constitution
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. 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
(synonym) Old Ironsides
(hypernym) frigate

Noun
1. law determining the fundamental political principles of a government
(synonym) fundamental law, organic law
(hypernym) law
(hyponym) United States Constitution, Constitution of the United States
(derivation) constitutionalize
(classification) law, jurisprudence
2. 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"
(synonym) establishment, formation, organization, organisation
(hypernym) beginning, start, commencement
(hyponym) unionization, unionisation
(derivation) establish, found, plant, constitute, institute
3. the way in which someone or something is composed
(synonym) composition, makeup
(hypernym) property
(hyponym) structure
(derivation) form, constitute, make
Constitution Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Web Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems
An act of establishing by pointing to the fundamental components, procedures, laws or forms of organization that a system must necessarily possess for it to be of a certain kind. So, the electoral process which determines the membership and composition of a governing group constitutes that government as a representative one. Organizational closure (and several other requirements) constitutes a system as an autopoietic one. "Self-definition" is a synonym for "constitution." In politics a "declaration of independence" or a formal "constitution" has this effect. In D'Arcy Thompson's principle that growth creates form, but form limits growth," growth and form constitute each other. (Krippendorff )
Constitution Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
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.

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Constitution Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
The fundamental law of the state, containing the principles upon which the government is founded and regulating the divisions of the sovereign powers, directing to what persons each of these powers is to be confided and the manner it is to be exercised. E.g., the Constitution of the United States.

The words constitution and government are sometimes employed to express the same idea; the manner in which sovereignty is exercised in each state. Constitution is also the name of the instrument containing the fundamental laws of the state.

By constitution, the common law writers mean some particular law; such as the constitutions of the emperors contained in the Code.

Contracts. The constitution of a contract is the making of the contract. E.g., the written constitution of a debt.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Duhaime.org Legal Dictionary
The basic law or laws of a nation or a state which sets out how that state will be organized by deciding the powers and authorities of government between different political units, and by stating and the basic principles of society - (read more on Constitution)
  
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Constitution Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Social Work in Canada
A document describing the governing principles of a nation or organization, as well as the rights and responsibilities of individuals. The difference between the constitution and law is only one of degree; the constitution describes very general principles, rights and responsibilities; the law describes highly specific ones.