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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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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.
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The movement never succeeded in constitutionalizing its demands, but it did persuade many states to pass right-to-work laws, and it has managed to win a series of (mostly hollow) Supreme Court victories placing constitutional restrictions on the use of mandatory union dues for political activity.
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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.
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.
9) They called these prescriptive biases and descriptive assumptions sex-based stereotypes, asserting and constitutionalizing the view that these stereotypes did not justify the wholesale exclusion of people from jobs, rights, or civic obligations based solely on sex.
13) These cases press us to answer this question: Why refrain from constitutionalizing a view of good government in some cases (e.