see also: Constitution
  • (RP) IPA: /ˌkɒnstɪˈtjuːʃən/, /ˌkɒnstɪˈtʃuːʃən/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˌkɑnstɪˈtuʃən/

constitution (plural constitutions)

  1. The act, or process of setting something up, or establishing something; the composition or structure of such a thing; its makeup.
    • the physical constitution of the sun
  2. (government) The formal or informal system of primary principles and laws that regulates a government or other institutions.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 10, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  3. (law) A legal document describing such a formal system.
  4. A person's physical makeup or temperament, especially in respect of robustness.
    He has a strong constitution, so he should make a quick recovery from the illness.
    • Our constitutions have never been enfeebled by the vices or luxuries of the old world.
    • He defended himself with […] less passion than was expected from his constitution.
  5. (dated) The general health of a person.
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Proper noun
  1. The supreme law of some countries, such as Australia, Ireland, and the United States.
    The Constitution is anchored in English liberal thought and the Magna Carta.
    The US Constitution was written in 1787.

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