What is constitution?

  • (noun): The way in which someone or something is composed.
    Synonyms: composition, makeup
    See also — Additional definitions below

Constitution

A constitution is a set of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is governed. These rules together make up, i.e. constitute, what the entity is. When these principles are written down into a single collection or set of legal documents, those documents may be said to comprise a written constitution.

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Constitutional Courts
... information Constitutional court and Constitutionality Constitutions are often, but by no means always, protected by a legal body whose job it is to interpret those constitutions and, where ... or legislative act that is judged by a constitutional court to be contrary to the constitution, that is, unconstitutional ... the powers granted to that office by a constitution ...
Constitution Of The Philippines - Background of The 1987 Constitution
... people, protecting their basic rights, adopting a provisional constitution, and providing for an orderly transition to a government under a new constitution ... popularly abbreviated "Con Com" in the Philippines) to frame a new constitution to replace the 1973 Constitution which took effect during the Marcos martial law ... and Subic American military bases, and the integration of economic policies into the Constitution ...
Constitution Of The Philippines - Historical Constitutions - Malolos Constitution (1899)
... Wikisource has original text related to this article Constitution of the Philippines (1899) The Malolos Constitution was the first republican constitution in Asia ...
Constitution Of The Philippines
... The Constitution of the Philippines (Filipino Saligang Batas ng Pilipinas) is the supreme law of the Philippines ... The Constitution currently in effect was enacted in 1987, during the administration of President Corazon C ... Aquino, and is popularly known as the "1987 Constitution" ...
Constitution Of The Philippines - Historical Constitutions - "Freedom Constitution" (1986)
3 Provisional Constitution of the Philippines (1986) Following the EDSA People Power Revolution that removed President Ferdinand E. 3 as a provisional constitution ... It adopted certain provisions from the 1973 constitution and granted the President broad powers to reorganise the government and remove officials from office, and mandated that the ...

More definitions of "constitution":

  • (noun): 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

Famous quotes containing the word constitution:

    The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945)

    Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men.
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913)

    Can you conceive what it is to native-born American women citizens, accustomed to the advantages of our schools, our churches and the mingling of our social life, to ask over and over again for so simple a thing as that “we, the people,” should mean women as well as men; that our Constitution should mean exactly what it says?
    Mary F. Eastman, U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4 ch. 5, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902)