Constitution

Con`sti*tu"tion

(kn`st*t"shn), n. [F. constitution, L. constitutio.] 1. The act or process of constituting; the action of enacting, establishing, or appointing; enactment; establishment; formation.
[1913 Webster]

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.
[1913 Webster]

The physical constitution of the sun.
Sir J. Herschel.
[1913 Webster]

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.
[1913 Webster]

Our constitutions have never been enfeebled by the vices or luxuries of the old world.
Story.
[1913 Webster]

4. The aggregate of mental qualities; temperament.
[1913 Webster]

He defended himself with . . . less passion than was expected from his constitution.
Clarendon.
[1913 Webster]

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.
[1913 Webster]

Our constitution had begun to exist in times when statesmen were not much accustomed to frame exact definitions.
Macaulay.
[1913 Webster]

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.
[1913 Webster]

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.
[1913 Webster]

The positive constitutions of our own churches.
Hooker.
[1913 Webster]

A constitution of Valentinian addressed to Olybrius, then prefect of Rome, for the regulation of the conduct of advocates.
George Long.
[1913 Webster]

Apostolic constitutions. See under Apostolic.
[1913 Webster]

 

New - Add Dictionary Search to Your Site

You can add a free dictionary search box to your own web site by copying and pasting the following HTML into one of your web pages:

<form action="http://www.freedict.co.uk/search.php" method="post">
 <p style="text-align: center; font-family: sans-serif;">
  <a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.freedict.co.uk/"
     title="FreeDict free online dictionary">FreeDict</a>
  <input type="text" name="word" size="20" value="" />
  <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Search Dictionary" />
 </p>
</form>

 

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Sun 09th December 2018