Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun

Accordance with a constitution; lawfulness.

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Usage examples "constitutionality":

  1. Though the debates showed clearly enough the purpose to be to impose duties for protection, the phraseology of the law presented it as enacted to raise revenue, and therefore the victims of the discrimination were deprived of an appeal to the tribunal instituted to hear and decide on the constitutionality of a law. - "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)", Jefferson Davis.
  2. The result of the gentleman's opinion, or rather the very text of his doctrine, is, that no act of Congress can bind all the States, the constitutionality of which is not admitted by all; or, in other words, that no single State is bound, against its own dissent, by a law of imposts. - "Select Speeches of Daniel Webster", Daniel Webster.
  3. It is well known that President Washington entertained serious doubts both as to the constitutionality and expediency of the measure, and while the bill was before him for his official approval or disapproval so great were these doubts that he required " the opinion in writing" of the members of his Cabinet to aid him in arriving at a decision. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.