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 (kŏn′stĭ-to͞o′shə-nə-līz′, -tyo͞o′-)
tr.v. con·sti·tu·tion·al·ized, con·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·ing, con·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·es
1. To provide with or make subject to a constitution.
2. To incorporate into or sanction under a constitution: "The Fourteenth Amendment ... constitutionalized the vast shift of power from the states to the federal government, which the Civil War had accomplished" (Eric Foner).
3. To treat (an inappropriate matter) as being subject to constitutional law: "Today a like kind of wisdom might caution against constitutionalizing every grievance that might (or might not) appear tomorrow" (Potter Stewart).

con′sti·tu′tion·al·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.


(ˌkɒnstɪˈtjuːənəˌlaɪz) or


vb (tr)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to provide with a constitution
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to incorporate (something) into a constitution


(ˌkɒn stɪˈtu ʃə nlˌaɪz, -ˈtyu-)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to incorporate in a constitution; make constitutional.
2. to provide a constitution for.
con`sti•tu`tion•al•i•za′tion, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.constitutionalize - provide with a constitution, as of a country; "The United States were constitutionalized in the late 18th century"
furnish, provide, supply, render - give something useful or necessary to; "We provided the room with an electrical heater"
2.constitutionalize - take a walk for one's health or to aid digestion, as after a meal; "A good way of exercising is to constitutionalize"
take the air, walk - take a walk; go for a walk; walk for pleasure; "The lovers held hands while walking"; "We like to walk every Sunday"
3.constitutionalize - incorporate into a constitution, make constitutional; "A woman's right to an abortion was constitutionalized in the 1970's"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
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The Warren Court's constitutionalization of criminal procedure resulted in making every state conviction into a federal habeas corpus case.
345-356), Russell Hittinger, "The constitutionalization of Politics and the Decline of Liberal Tolerance" (pp.
His article provides many insights into the constitutionalization of the punitive damages remedy through a string of recent U.
The entrenchment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the constitutionalization of culpability as an aspect of fundamental justice has both enriched and complicated this discussion.
Although many will be taken by the ample rights domain in the South African constitution, and no doubt its constitutionalization of environmental and labor organizing protections will feature prominently in future comparative law treatises, the constitutional processes in South Africa served primarily as a success story in constituting democratic rule.
Clarkson rightly makes much of globaliration as a process of constitutionalization.
Banner follows the history of capital punishment through to the present, focusing on the constitutionalization of the process, which has satisfied neither its supporters nor its opponents.
Barak, "The Constitutionalization of the Israeli Legal System as the Result of its Basic Laws," Israel Law Review, 31(1997): 3-21.
Surely Dean is aware, though, that many reasonable people have questioned the Warren Court's constitutionalization of criminal procedure.
The constitutionalization of property rights in these treaties and institutions placed--with a definitive push from the movements questioning these treaties--the meaning of these changes onto the public agenda.
With the help of the movements questioning these treaties, the constitutionalization of property rights placed the meaning of these changes onto the public agenda.