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[kon-sti-too-shuh-nl-ee, -tyoo-] /ˌkɒn stɪˈtu ʃə nl i, -ˈtyu-/
in respect to physical makeup:
He is constitutionally fitted for heavy labor.
in respect to mental or emotional makeup:
constitutionally unable to speak before an audience.
with respect to a constitution:
constitutionally invalid law.
Origin of constitutionally
1735-45; constitutional + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The young of the playwrighting species are constitutionally optimistic.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • Quite as often they are to the non-adventurous, to the retiring, to the constitutionally timid.

  • By consolidation is understood a grasping at power, on behalf of the general government, not constitutionally conferred.

  • I might manage that, but I'm constitutionally unfitted to deal with Lalage.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • But in actual dealing he was constitutionally unable to resist the impulse to get the better of the person with whom he dealt.

    Fair Margaret Francis Marion Crawford

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