Pronunciation: (kon"sti-tOO'shun, -tyOO'-), [key]
1. the way in which a thing is composed or made up; makeup; composition: the chemical constitution of the cleanser.
2. the physical character of the body as to strength, health, etc.: He has a strong constitution.
3. Med., Psychol.the aggregate of a person's physical and psychological characteristics.
4. the act or process of constituting; establishment.
5. the state of being constituted; formation.
6. any established arrangement or custom.
7. (cap.) See Constitution of the United States.
8. the system of fundamental principles according to which a nation, state, corporation, or the like, is governed.
9. the document embodying these principles.
10. Archaic.character or condition of mind; disposition; temperament.

Constitution, The

an American 44-gun frigate, famous for its exploits in the War of 1812 and popularly called “Old Ironsides.”

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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