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constitutionalism

[kon-sti-too-shuh-nl-iz-uh m, -tyoo-] /ˌkɒn stɪˈtu ʃə nlˌɪz əm, -ˈtyu-/
noun
1.
the principles of constitutional government or adherence to them.
2.
constitutional rule or authority.
Origin of constitutionalism
1825-1835
1825-35; constitutional + -ism
Related forms
anticonstitutionalism, noun
hyperconstitutionalism, noun
proconstitutionalism, noun
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Examples from the Web for constitutionalism
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  • He saw himself as the moral leader of the revolution and simultaneously as the necessary advocate of constitutionalism.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • So it has been with Protestantism, the constitutionalism of Christianity.

    The Huguenots in France Samuel Smiles.
  • In its early days and in its more moderate forms, it sought its ends under the guise of constitutionalism.

    Liberalism L. T. Hobhouse
  • Under these circumstances, as was to be expected, constitutionalism was soon overthrown.

    The Problem of China Bertrand Russell
  • constitutionalism is further than the republic, because it is the State in incipient dissolution.

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • But it is between despotism or absolutism and constitutionalism.

  • constitutionalism and nationality were sneered down as idle and reprehensible things.

    The Village Notary Jzsef Etvs
  • Even in Austria-ridden Italy, where constitutionalism was impossible, the middle class was allowed a part in the administration.

    Modern Italian Poets William Dean Howells
  • The state-governments had overcome the attacks of constitutionalism, and seemed to be more independent of control than ever.

British Dictionary definitions for constitutionalism

constitutionalism

/ˌkɒnstɪˈtjuːʃənəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the principles, spirit, or system of government in accord with a constitution, esp a written constitution
2.
adherence to or advocacy of such a system or such principles
Derived Forms
constitutionalist, noun
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Word Origin and History for constitutionalism
n.

1832, "constitutional system of government;" occasionally also "constitutionality;" from constitutional (adj.) + -ism.

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