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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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During the open forum spearheaded by Zabella, lawyer Cris Buela asked if the country is suited for federalism and Cruz answered him that it will only constitutionalize political dynasty and create little kingdoms in several created states and a Charter change with it 'is utter and absolute garbage.
Recalling the pork barrel scam in which legislators allegedly diverted P10 billion in PDAF proceeds to bogus foundations, Colmenares said: '[Charter change] proponents would like to constitutionalize a system that drains public funds to corruption.
It would constitutionalize complete surrender of individual and minority rights to the will, prejudices, and passions of the majority, something the framers specifically warned against and designed our Constitution to prevent.
203) Indeed, the historical record strongly suggests that the state's impetus for the enactment of the Clause was to constitutionalize the repeal of the rate bill, and thus constitutionalize free schooling.
It would be a height of judicial pretention to constitutionalize these claims into a basis for striking down the Texas law.
They both frequently refer to Chief Justice Dickson's powerful dissent in the 1987 Alberta Reference (where the Court refused to constitutionalize a right to strike).
A book such as his, discussing how to constitutionalize the rules on secession, takes a different tack.
As the rise of industrial capitalism and a vast population of wage laborers made freedom of contract pervasively relevant at the turn of the last century, today an economy built on consumption and information makes the First Amendment a natural vehicle to constitutionalize transactions at the core of the market.
Health Services was not meant to constitutionalize any particular model
Among the most important actions was the development of an Interim National Constitution (INC) to constitutionalize the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
not just being valid, but also important enough to constitutionalize.
In a statement to the press after the meeting, UGTT deputy S-G Belgacem Ayari said that the NCA president voiced readiness to collaborate to constitutionalize this Contract that "we consider as being a gain of the Revolution and an example for the Arab and African region," he said.