|n.||1.||The act or process of constituting; the action of enacting, establishing, or appointing; enactment; establishment; formation.|
|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.|
|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.; |
|4.||The aggregate of mental qualities; temperament.|
|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.|
|6.||An authoritative ordinance, regulation or enactment; especially, one made by a Roman emperor, or one affecting ecclesiastical doctrine or discipline; |
A constitution of Valentinian addressed to Olybrius, then prefect of Rome, for the regulation of the conduct of advocates.
|Noun||1.||constitution - law determining the fundamental political principles of a government|
|2.||constitution - the act of forming something; "the constitution of a PTA group last year"; "it was the establishment of his reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the club"|
|3.||constitution - the way in which someone or something is composed|
|4.||Constitution - United States 44-gun frigate that was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of the United States Navy; it has been rebuilt and is anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston|
Synonyms: Old Ironsides
CONSTITUTION, government. The fundamental law of the state, containing the
principles upon which the government is founded, and regulating the
divisions of the sovereign powers, directing to what persons each of these
powers is to be confided, and the, manner it is to be exercised as, the
Constitution of the United States. See Story on the Constitution; Rawle on
2. The words constitution and government (q.v.) are sometimes employed to express the same idea, the manner in which sovereignty is exercised in each state. Constitution is also the name of the instrument containing the fundamental laws of the state.
3. By constitution, the civilians, and, from them, the common law writers, mean some particular law; as the constitutions of the emperors contained in the Code.