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noun constitution pronunciation in British English /ˌkɒnstɪˈtjuːʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1




    [countable] a set of basic laws or principles for a country that describe the rights and duties of its citizens and the way in which it is governed

    The UK does not have a written constitution.

    1. a.
      a set of basic rules and principles for an organization that control how it operates

      Some members were proposing changes to the club’s constitution.

  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] your general physical condition, health, and strength

    She has always had a strong constitution.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the form or structure of something, or the way in which it is organized

    We plan to change the constitution of the council so that it includes more members of the public.



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