• WordNet 3.6
    • n constitutionalist an advocate of constitutional government
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Constitutionalist One who advocates a constitutional form of government; a constitutionalist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n constitutionalist A supporter of the existing constitution of government.
    • n constitutionalist An advocate of constitutionalism, as opposed to other forms of government.
    • n constitutionalist Specifically A framer or an advocate of the French Constitution of 1791.
    • n constitutionalist plural [capitalized] A name assumed by a party in Pennsylvania, about 1787, which favored the retention of the State Constitution of 1776, and opposed the substitution for it of a stronger form of government.
    • n constitutionalist [capitalized] A name assumed by the more moderate faction of the Democratic-Republican party in Pennsylvania during a few years after 1804: opposed to the “Friends of the People” or “Conventionalists.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Constitutionalist one who favours the constitution
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. constituĕre, constitutum, from con, together, and statuĕre, to make to stand, to place.


In literature:

Have not Lafayette, Barnave, and all Constitutionalists set their shoulders handsomely to the inverted pyramid of a throne?
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
On this point, at least, the Constitutionalists were in thorough agreement with the United States.
"The Hispanic Nations of the New World" by William R. Shepherd
There is, nevertheless, a side of truth in the constitutionalist view, which Mr. Carlyle, I think, overlooks.
"The Roman and the Teuton A Series of Lectures delivered before the University of Cambridge" by Charles Kingsley
But its formation threw power wholly into the hands of the military clique, as against the civilian constitutionalists.
"China, Japan and the U.S.A." by John Dewey
It was believed that he himself had served with the Constitutionalist army in Mexico some months.
"Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
In spite of their many weaknesses, the majority of the Assembly were royalists and constitutionalists still.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
We need hardly ask where the German National Assembly was during the "legal and peaceful" struggle of the Prussian Constitutionalists.
"Revolution and Counter-Revolution" by Karl Marx
He is one of the few constitutionalists of his day whom it is impossible to accuse of interested motives.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
There is consequently no country so absorbingly interesting to the constitutionalist at this time as Russia.
"Russian Life To-day" by Right Rev. Herbert Bury
The Constitutionalists were hostile to him.
"The History of Cuba, vol. 4" by Willis Fletcher Johnson

In news:

Ron Paul's constitutionalist record (Fact Checker biography).
Given how narrowly divided the US Supreme Court is between constitutionalists and activists, Gov Mitt Romney would do well to channel Meese's commentary on originalist jurisprudence.
This election cycle we were entertained by a whole host of closet constitutionalists and historians sharing their apocalyptic visions of a "post-Christian" America.
This election cycle we were entertained by a whole host of closet constitutionalists and historians sharing their apocalyptic visions of a "post- Christian " America.
Let me preface this message by saying, I am a Constitutionalist / Social Conservative.
And it's ironic that the only way the pure-constitutionalist libertarian in the race could do the things he's promising is by using powers not in the Constitution.
His opponent, Darrell Sorrels, says he is a conservative constitutionalist.