Definition of “constitution” - English Dictionary

“constitution” in British English

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constitutionnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɒn.stɪˈtʃuː.ʃən/ us /ˌkɑːn.stəˈtuː.ʃən/

constitution noun [ C ] (LAWS)

C1 the set of political principles by which a state or organization is governed, especially in relation to the rights of the people it governs:

Britain has no written constitution.
the Constitution of the United States
Under (= as part of) the union constitution, a new committee is elected each year.

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(Definition of “constitution” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“constitution” in American English

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constitutionnoun

us /ˌkɑn·stɪˈtu·ʃən/

constitution noun (LAWS)

[ C ] politics & government the set of political principles by which a place or organization is governed, or the written document that records it:

The first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States are called the Bill of Rights.

US history, [ C ] politics & government The Constitution of the United States is a document that establishes the basic rules and laws of the American government.

constitution noun (HEALTH)

[ C usually sing ] a person’s physical condition, esp. as shown by strength and staying well:

a weak constitution

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“constitution” in Business English

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constitutionnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɒnstɪˈtjuːʃən/ us

GOVERNMENT a written set of rules by which a country, state, or organization is governed:

the Constitution of the United States
the constitution requires/prohibits/allows, etc Mexico's constitution guarantees the right of free travel to its citizens.
draw up/adopt/amend the constitution Following these changes, it was proposed that the company's constitution be amended.
under the constitution Under the union constitution, a new committee must be elected every year.

the way that something is formed from different parts:

the constitution of society
Several people objected to the constitution of the committee, arguing that women were under-represented.

(Definition of “constitution” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)