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, meaning "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.

Definitions of constitution
  1. noun
    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
    incorporation
    the act or process of establishing a city or organization as a legal entity
    population
    the act of populating (causing to live in a place)
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    beginning, commencement, start
    the act of starting something
  2. noun
    law determining the fundamental political principles of a government
    synonyms: fundamental law, organic law
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    Constitution of the United States
    the constitution written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen states
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    law
    legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity
  3. noun
    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
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    property
    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
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