constitutionalism

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n constitutionalism advocacy of a system of government according to constitutional principles
    • n constitutionalism a constitutional system of government (usually with a written constitution)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1850, Michigan's state constitution included the following line: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime, shall ever be tolerated in this state." This inadvertently legalized slavery as an appropriate punishment for crime. It wasn't until 1963 that the grammar was fixed to outlaw slavery. The change required shifting the comma following "servitude" to the position after "slavery."
    • n Constitutionalism The theory, principles, or authority of constitutional government; attachment or adherence to a constitution or constitutional government.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only repealed amendment to the US Constitution deals with the prohibition of alcohol.
    • n constitutionalism The theory or principle of a constitution or of constitutional government; constitutional rule or authority; constitutional principles.
    • n constitutionalism Adherence to the principles of constitutional government.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The US federal income tax was first enacted in 1862 to support the Union's Civil War effort. It was eliminated in 1872, revived in 1894 then declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court the following year. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the US tax system.
    • ns Constitutionalism adherence to the principles of the constitution
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Quotations

  • Fran Lebowitz
    Fran%20Lebowitz
    “There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness or death. Any attempt to prove otherwise constitutes unacceptable behavior.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Samuel%20Taylor%20Coleridge
    “That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.”
  • Walter Bagehot
    Walter%20Bagehot
    “A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride.”
  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
  • William Hazlitt
    William%20Hazlitt
    “We find many things to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation.”

Idioms

Constitution of an ox - If someone has the constitution of an ox, they are less affected than most people by things like tiredness, illness, alcohol, etc.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. constituĕre, constitutum, from con, together, and statuĕre, to make to stand, to place.

Usage

In literature:

Are there not such things as a constitutional conservatism, and a constitutional tendency to change?
"Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects" by Herbert Spencer
It is with surprise, then, that I find you afterwards presuming to dictate to the world a servile adoption of the British constitution.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
The pupils of each aisle constitute a team.
"School, Church, and Home Games" by George O. Draper
These mountains constitute the highest lands within the United States.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The National Assembly now seriously set their hands to the work of the constitution.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
It will constitute one of the most valued ornaments of the retreat I am preparing for myself at my native home.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The Constitution did not give us free institutions; free institutions gave us our Constitution.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge
All the parts of the New Testament constitute one inseparable whole, and they all shed light upon each other.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Scott declared the petition constitutional, and was sorry that the Constitution did not interdict this "most abominable" traffic.
"The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America" by W. E. B. Du Bois
The vices of this constitution were evident before it was entirely finished.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
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In poetry:

But will sincerity suffice?
It is indeed above all price,
And must be made the basis;
But every virtue of the soul
Must constitute the charming whole,
All shining in their places.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
But vain are the hopes which are formed by a parent,
Fallacious the marks which in infancy shine;
My frail constitution soon made it apparent,
I nourished within me the seeds of decline.
"My Birthday" by Charles Lamb
This empty street, this sky to blandness scoured,
This air, a little indistinct with autumn
Like a reflection, constitute the present —
A time traditionally soured,
A time unrecommended by event.
"Triple Time" by Philip Larkin
One nephew had, he'd often say,
Residing in America.
"This youth he'd back to Reading call,
And constitute him heir of all."
'Tis done--the favour'd youth drew nigh,
To act beneath his uncle's eye.
"The Tobacconist" by William Hutton
Our Constitution, God be thanked,
Is founded on the glass and tankard.
I own my rhyme is rather wrong,
But you may mend it with your tongue.
The remedy does not lie far hence;
You only need remove the r hence.
"The Virtues Of Election Ale" by William Hutton
For if it want the spirit and the sign,
That constitute all worship as divine,
The love within, the test of it without, In vain the union passes for devout:
Heartless, and takenless if it remain,
It ought to pass, in strictness, for profane.
"On Church Communion - Part III." by John Byrom

In news:

Constitutional or banana republic .
First 10 amendments to the Eagles Constitution as ratified by the current front office.
It's called the Constitution State, but it really should be the Contrast State.
A woman hands a copy of the draft constitution to a taxi driver in Damascus, Feb 23, 2012.
In a guest commentary in the March 3 edition of the Island Reporter, Jeff Kottkamp is sharply critical of the administration's recent decision not to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Power has been shut off at the house near San Pedro and Constitution.
Supporters say the constitutional amendment on the November ballot will make the state's tax rates on boats similar to surrounding states.
In this July 23, 1998 file photo, the Argentine frigate Libertad takes part in an international salute to the USS Constitution as it passes in front of Boston Harbor.
While most ships her age are lost to history or resting in a watery grave, the 215-year-old USS Constitution is still operable and recently enjoyed a cruise across the Boston Harbor .
The USS Constitution fires one of her guns in Boston Harbor as a crowd looks on from the shore in Boston, Sunday, Aug 19, 2012.
Constitutional Law – Constitutional amendment republication requirement clarified.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's love of the US Constitution and her devotion to constitutional conservatism are being met with derision by the usual suspects.
Pennsylvania was one of the original States that ratified the 1787 Constitution, which created the United States of America as a constitutional republican form of government.
A Graphic Adaptation, published by Writers of the Round Table Press, includes the text of the original Constitution in it's entirety, as well as an accompanying narrative and full color illustrations that explore the Constitution's creation.
I would not look to the US constitution , if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.
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In science:

It allows contact between the constitutive conservative microscopic equations and the more macroscopic phenomenological Langevin equations.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
However, as was acknowledged in their work, the coarse grainings that were investigated constituted a set of measure zero of all the possible coarse grainings.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
Trying to decide for which kind of models disorder of the random-bond type constitutes a relevant perturbation, Harris8 suggested the following line of reasoning.
The Harris-Luck criterion for random lattices
Dudley’s result, whose proof can be found e.g. in Chapter II of Pollard’s book (the 25◦ approximation lemma contains this result in a slightly more general form) is useful for us, because there are results which enable us to prove that certain classes of functions constitute a Vapnik– ˇCervonenkis class.
An estimate on the maximum of a nice class of stochastic integrals
Constitutive reductionism, namely the scientific method in which one studies the components to understand the system is no doubt the key to success of decades of science, and no scientist doubts this.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
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