constitution

A constitution is a statement of the basic principles and laws of a nation, state, or group, such as the U.S. Constitution. Another very common meaning of constitution is the physical makeup of a person.

The noun constitution is from Latin, from constitutus "set up, established" plus the suffix -ion- "act, state, or condition." So think of a constitution as how a body (yours, the government's) is set up. If you have a strong constitution, it means you don't get sick very often.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: constitution

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n
the act of forming or establishing something
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n
law determining the fundamental political principles of a government
3
n
the way in which someone or something is composed
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: constitution
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n the act of forming or establishing something

“the constitution of a PTA group last year”
Synonyms:
establishment, formation, organisation, organization
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unionisation, unionization
act of forming labor unions
collectivisation, collectivization
the organization of a nation or economy on the basis of collectivism
communisation, communization
the organization of a nation of the basis of communism
federation
the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs
colonisation, colonization, settlement
the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies
population
the act of populating (causing to live in a place)
Type of:
beginning, commencement, start
the act of starting something
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n law determining the fundamental political principles of a government

Synonyms:
fundamental law, organic law
Examples:
Constitution of the United States
the constitution written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen states
Type of:
law
legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity
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n the way in which someone or something is composed

Synonyms:
composition, make-up, makeup, physical composition
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structure
the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts
phenotype
what an organism looks like as a consequence of the interaction of its genotype and the environment
genetic constitution, genotype
the particular alleles at specified loci present in an organism
grain, texture
the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)
karyotype
the appearance of the chromosomal makeup of a somatic cell in an individual or species (including the number and arrangement and size and structure of the chromosomes)
infrastructure, substructure
the basic structure or features of a system or organization
architecture, computer architecture
(computer science) the structure and organization of a computer's hardware or system software
cytoarchitectonics, cytoarchitecture
the cellular composition of a bodily structure
fabric, framework
the underlying structure
Type of:
property
a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
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