Constitutional means having to do with the document that is the foundation of a government — in the US, a constitutional right is one provided to you by the US Constitution.

If you break down constitutional, you’ll find the root word constitute, meaning "to make up or form." Constitution can refer to the document that forms (or organizes) the government. It can also refer to the structure of a thing, such as a species, or a person. If you go for a "constitutional walk" — in that sense, the word means having to do with your constitution or your health.

Definitions of constitutional
  1. adjective
    existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
    “a constitutional inability to tell the truth”
    synonyms: built-in, inbuilt, inherent, integral
    intrinsic, intrinsical
    belonging to a thing by its very nature
  2. adjective
    constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)
    synonyms: constituent, constitutive, organic
    basic and fundamental
  3. adjective
    of benefit to or intended to benefit your physical makeup
    constitutional walk”
  4. noun
    a regular walk taken as a form of exercise
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    type of:
    the act of walking somewhere
  5. adjective
    sanctioned by or consistent with or operating under the law determining the fundamental political principles of a government
    “the constitutional right of free speech”
    constitutional government”
    constitutional guarantees”
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    not consistent with or according to a constitution; contrary to the U.S. Constitution
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