constitutive

Definitions

  • GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America
    GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj constitutive constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)
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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."
    • Constitutive Having power to enact, establish, or create; instituting; determining.
    • Constitutive Tending or assisting to constitute or compose; elemental; essential. "An ingredient and constitutive part of every virtue."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only repealed amendment to the US Constitution deals with the prohibition of alcohol.
    • constitutive Constituting, forming, or composing; constituent; elemental; essential.
    • constitutive Having power to enact or establish; instituting.
    • constitutive In the Kantian philosophy, principles according to which an object of pure intuition can be constructed a priori: opposed to regulative principles (which see, unite regulative).
    • constitutive In physical chemistry, a term introduced by Ostwald to denote those properties of a compound which depend on the constitution of the molecule, or on the mode of union and arrangement of the atoms in the molecule. For instance, of two molecules having the same number of the same atoms, one turns the plane of polarized light to the right and the other to the left; this difference is obviously due to something in the structure of the molecule — it is a constitutive property, as distinguished from an additive or a colligative property.
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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.
    • adj Constitutive that constitutes or establishes: having power to enact, &c.: essential
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The pest of society are the egotist, they are dull and bright, sacred and profane, course and fine. It is a disease that like the flu falls on all constitutions.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.”
  • John Adams
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    “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
  • William O. Douglas
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    “The constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.”
  • Joseph Addison
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    “Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
  • Helen Keller
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    “Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

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:

The constitution of 1639 was the first written democratic constitution on record.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
They had liberty, and they would soon have a Constitution.
"Bismarck and the Foundation of the German Empire" by James Wycliffe Headlam
Since 1868, the Governors have been strictly constitutional representatives of a constitutional Sovereign.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
Compare the Constitution with the Articles of Confederation and show in what respects the Constitution was much stronger.
"A Short History of the United States" by Edward Channing
All profess to be content in the Union if all constitutional rights can be maintained.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Lincoln" by Compiled by James D. Richardson
Other constitutions are satisfied with making good subjects; this is a security for good governors.
"The Works Of The Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IX. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Constitutionalism, the leading idea of the day, was hateful to him.
"France in the Nineteenth Century" by Elizabeth Latimer
The new constitution of 1791 was also a source of discord.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
As to the Japanese constitutional monarchy, the Emperor made a constitution and then convened a parliament.
"The Fight For The Republic in China" by Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
Let us trace the constitutional course.
"Proportional Representation Applied To Party Government" by T. R. Ashworth and H. P. C. Ashworth
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In poetry:

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
Yet void of awe, or conscious fear,
The thoughtless sons of men appear,
To constitution they too much confide; As seamen trust (when dangers press,
And they are all in deep distress)
The found'ring bark, 'till bury'd in the tide.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard
There are two powers above the laws
Ye make or mar:—they 're our allies.
Beneath their shield we'll urge our cause,
Though all your hands against us rise.
We've proved them, and we know their might;
The Constitution and the Right.
"A Word From A Petitioner" by John Pierpont
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
Though we break our fathers' promise, we have nobler duties first;
The traitor to Humanity is the traitor most accursed;
Man is more than Constitutions; better rot beneath the sod,
Than be true to Church and State while we are doubly false to God!
"On The Capture Of Fugitive Slaves Near Washington" by James Russell Lowell
And neither the Emancipation Proclamation
nor the Civil War nor one constitutional
amendment after another nor one Civil Rights
legislation after another could bring about a
yielding of the followers of that gospel
to the beauty of our human face.
"Jim Crow: The Sequel" by June Jordan

In news:

Today's 5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding the individual health insurance mandate shows that the Supreme Court takes constitutional limits on federal power seriously - but not seriously enough.
Obama, the constitutional anarchist .
Citizens of this tiny mountain enclave between Spain and France voted overwhelmingly today to adopt their first Constitution, ending a system of government that had been in effect since the 13th century.
Serena series angelonia is a long-blooming summer bedding plant with a tough constitution and a long blooming season.
The US and Arizona constitutions are meant to limit government power, but these limits are meaningless unless judges enforce them.
Enforcing constitutional limits is the essence of judicial engagement.
Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, as part of effort to overhaul the city's liquor laws, is proposing that the DC code revise "what constitutes a nude performance.".
Supporters of the act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama, dispute those assertions , and major provisions of the ACA were recently ruled constitutional by the US Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision.
Deadline Hollywood Daily's delightfully combative Nikki Finke shows no signs of aging, unless responding to a legal threat with the words "stick this letter up your asses " constitutes dementia.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit involving a young man who believes his constitutional rights were violated when police forced a catheter inside him.
This is about protecting the Constitution.
Attorneys for Facebook and the American Civil Liberties Union want a federal appeals court to rule that clicking "Like" on the social networking site is constitutionally -protected free speech.
Rousseau even began to draft an extraordinarily forward-thinking constitution for the good people of Corsica , but was exiled from France in the meantime.
The HHS mandate vs the Constitution.
Afghanistan's Bagram is becoming the new Guantánamo, one legal scholar said at a gathering of the American Constitution Society.
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In science:

In any case, the peculiarity of our model is that the individual share of the constitutive atoms of the partition are all physically necessarily bounded above.
Random Partitioning Problems Involving Poisson Point Processes On The Interval
This decomposition constitutes a random partition of the random variable χ in terms of the (infinitely many) ranked constitutive jumps of χ1 , all bounded by 1.
Random Partitioning Problems Involving Poisson Point Processes On The Interval
Pǫ < .. < u(Pǫ ),Pǫ is obtained from uniform sample u1 , .., uPǫ while ordering the constitutive terms.
Random Partitioning Problems Involving Poisson Point Processes On The Interval
Thus the decomposition of χ+ (ǫ) constitutes a weak Poissonpartition approximation to the one of χ.
Random Partitioning Problems Involving Poisson Point Processes On The Interval
This constitutes a complementary information to the one encoded in the LST of Pk≥1 ξβ (k) .
Random Partitioning Problems Involving Poisson Point Processes On The Interval
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