American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not in accord with the principles set forth in the constitution of a nation or state.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not in conformity with the constitution of a country; not authorized by the constitution; contrary to the principles of the constitution; inconsistent with the constitution or organic law. In the law of the United States a statute which is unconstitutional is thereby in excess of legislative authority, and void. In English law the word is applied— to “acts at variance with the recognized spirit of the constitution or principles of government, or with the preservation of the liberties of the people, as expressed or implied in the various charters, etc., though not illegal in the sense of being forbidden by express statute” (Yonge); to acts which threaten the integrity of the constitution or government.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not constitutional; not according to, or consistent with, the terms of a constitution of government; contrary to the constitution.
- adj. not consistent with or according to a constitution; contrary to the U.S. Constitution
- un- + constitutional (Wiktionary)
“Some Oath Keeper sheriff candidates say their actual work would be done in smaller and simpler ways: taking a stand against what they call unconstitutional traffic light cameras, random checkpoints where police check drivers for drinking or any other issue, and abuse of police power.”
“By 2008, Bachmann laments, the Bush administration "was embracing a kind of 'bailout socialism'" by pushing the TARP bank rescue, which she calls an unconstitutional "$700 billion blank check.”
“Bachmann: Wants to abolish Education Department, which she calls unconstitutional.”
“Education: Wants to abolish Education Department, which she calls unconstitutional.”
“While Perry indeed roundly criticized Social Security in his book, he didn't use the word unconstitutional.”
“Last summer, Garcia led a demonstration to the courthouse gates, directing the community's indignation against what she described as unconstitutional factory justice.”
“Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon joined demonstrators protesting the law, which he called unconstitutional and "just plain wrong," promising a court fight.”
“Republicans tried to focus the debate on Mr. Holder's actions in the Clinton administration, and Democrats sought just as firmly to emphasize what they called unconstitutional abuses by the Bush administration in the fight against terrorism.”
“Itse is sponsoring a resolution that will be voted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 telling Congress that New Hampshire will reject what he calls unconstitutional measures such as the No Child Left Behind Act, the massive federal stimulus bill and a nationwide assault rifle ban.”
“Sali, one of the most conservative members of Congress, said the Senate bill would put the federal government in what he called the unconstitutional position of being an investor in major financial firms.”
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