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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.
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(ˌkɒnstɪˈtjuːənəˌlaɪz) or


vb (tr)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to provide with a constitution
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to incorporate (something) into a constitution
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(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.
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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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Again, we are not the ones to set the standard."<br />Ultimately, he said that limiting the ability of border patrol officers to search cellphones is risky.<br />"[R]ulings slowly constitutionalizing border searches are taking chances with the safety and lives of our fellow Americans," Wilkinson said.
Aguilar, chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Reforms, said in a briefing that constitutionalizing the competition authority will strengthen the mandate of the country's antitrust agency, the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC).
Section 26, Article XVIII of the Transitory Provisions "constitutionalizing" or legitimizing the issuance of "sequestration and freeze orders" derogate or subvert the concept of the Bill of Rights.
He does not write about the Constitution of India per se, says Chakrabarty, but about constitutional democracy in India, so while students and other readers need to know about the Constitution, they must understand it not in isolation but as integral to the entire constitutionalizing process.
constitutionalizing the duress and necessity defences within three
(108) As to the reason for constitutionalizing the right, the education committee stated:
the effect that the Court is not constitutionalizing "a particular
Now, leave aside questions about this tax policy, or about the wisdom of constitutionalizing any tax policy.
The majority [in Health Services] claimed that it was not constitutionalizing "a particular model of labour relations." But that is exactly what it was doing ...
Hirschl argues that the constitutionalizing of religion is itself an important step in asserting secular control over religious influences, allowing the law to restrict what is seen as the potentially dangerous excesses of religion.
(13) These cases press us to answer this question: Why refrain from constitutionalizing a view of good government in some cases (e.g., partisan gerrymandering) while asserting in others (e.g., campaign finance) that the Court knows corruption of good government when it sees it?