American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To provide with or make subject to a constitution.
- v. To incorporate into or sanction under a constitution: "Today a like kind of wisdom might caution against constitutionalizing every grievance that might (or might not) appear tomorrow” ( Potter Stewart).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take a walk for health and exercise. In the English universities, where this term originated, the usual time for constitutionalizing is between 2 and 4 o'clock p. m.
- v. To incorporate into a constitution
- v. To provide with a constitution
- v. provide with a constitution, as of a country
- v. take a walk for one's health or to aid digestion, as after a meal
- v. incorporate into a constitution, make constitutional
“It was a company, initially isolated in the Ozarks, in which worker expectations and executive decisions were based not on an effort to "constitutionalize" the world of work, but to make it a site of sociability, evangelical self-sacrifice, patriarchal authority, and visceral hostility to unions and to government regulation of wages or work practices.”
“Even more important, the New Deal and the new unions that it encouraged sought to "constitutionalize" work in the nation's industrial economy, creating a structure of collective bargaining that not only boosted wages, but which created a system of industrial jurisprudence that mimicked the lawyers, courts, and judges which governed citizenship rights in the larger community.”
“The people who are so sure of themselves that they want to constitutionalize their views, or those who think that Keynes may have been on to something to some extent in his General Theory of Employment, Interest, andMoney?”
“You must be awfully confident of your grasp of macroeconomics to think we should constitutionalize a tool (deficit spending) that many economists believe is absolutely critical to combat recessions.”
“Q: The more we move to constitutionalize, the more we have problems of entanglement.”
“You guys are trying to constitutionalize a matter of statutory/common law, in the sense that whether the state has the constitutional right to ban threats hinges on whether it has chosen to criminalize the underlying activity.”
“The Dormant Commerce Clause does not constitutionalize competitive bidding.”
“It was not until the rise of partisanship that people started coming up with ways to constitutionalize their party positions.”
“McConnell is trying to constitutionalize the Senate rules.”
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