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 (kŏn′stĭ-to͞o′shə-nə-lĭz′əm, -tyo͞o′-)
1. Government in which power is distributed and limited by a system of laws that the rulers must obey.
a. A constitutional system of government.
b. Advocacy of such a system.

con′sti·tu′tion·al·ist n.
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the principles, spirit, or system of government in accord with a constitution, esp a written constitution
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) adherence to or advocacy of such a system or such principles
ˌconstiˈtutionalist n
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(ˌkɒn stɪˈtu ʃə nlˌɪz əm, -ˈtyu-)

1. the principles of constitutional government or adherence to them.
2. constitutional rule or authority.
con`sti•tu′tion•al•ist, n.
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1. the principles of the form of government defined by a constitution.
2. an adherence to these principles.
3. constitutional rule or authority. — constitutionalist, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.constitutionalism - a constitutional system of government (usually with a written constitution)
form of government, political system - the members of a social organization who are in power
2.constitutionalism - advocacy of a system of government according to constitutional principles
ideology, political orientation, political theory - an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
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