transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
transitive verbcon·sti·tu·tion·al·ized, con·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·ing, con·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·es
- To provide with or make subject to a constitution.
- 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 )
- 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 )
(third-person singular simple present constitutionalizes, present participle constitutionalizing, simple past and past participle constitutionalized)
- To incorporate into a constitution
- To provide with a constitution