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Definition of constitution noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] the system of laws and basic principles that a state, a country, or an organization is governed by your right to vote under the constitution According to the constitution… to propose a new amendment to the Constitution A two-thirds majority is needed to amend the club's constitution.
  2. 2[countable] the condition of a person's body and how healthy it is to have a healthy/strong/weak constitution
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] (formal) the way something is formed or organized synonym structure the genetic constitution of cells
  4. 4[uncountable] (formal) the act of forming something synonym establishment, setting up He recommended the constitution of a review committee.
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