the convention in Philadelphia (1787) of representatives from each of the former Colonies, except Rhode Island, at which the Constitution of the United States was framed.
a gathering to draw up a constitution, specif. that in Philadelphia in 1787 of representatives from each of the former Colonies, except Rhode Island, at which the Constitution of the United States was framed
The gathering that drafted the Constitution of the United States in 1787; all states were invited to send delegates. The convention, meeting in Philadelphia, designed a government with separate legislative, executive, and judicial branches. It established Congress as a lawmaking body with two houses: each state is given two representatives in the Senate, whereas representation in the House of Representatives is based on population.
- Constitutional democracy
noun a system of government based on popular sovereignty in which the structures, powers, and limits of government are set forth in a constitution Usage Note politics
noun 1. a former Russian political party that advocated a right-wing policy in foreign and domestic affairs.
- Constitutional disease
constitutional disease n. A disease involving the entire body or having a widespread array of symptoms.
[kon-sti-too-shuh-nal-i-tee, -tyoo-] /ˌkɒn stɪˌtu ʃəˈnæl ɪ ti, -ˌtyu-/ noun 1. the quality of being . 2. accordance with the constitution of a country, state, etc. /ˌkɒnstɪˌtjuːʃəˈnælɪtɪ/ noun 1. the quality or state of being in accord with a constitution n. 1787, “quality of being in accord with a constitution,” from constitutional (adj.) + -ity.