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To comprise or put together. That which is duly constituted is properly made up and formally correct and valid.

Constituted authorities are officers who are properly appointed under constitutional provision to govern the people.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

TO CONSTITUTE, contr. To empower, to authorize. In the common form of letters of attorney, these words occur, I nominate, constitute and appoint."

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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'The ideal is all the 182 shall constitute the BSWMC because they are our partners.
If the Tribunal considered itself endowed with jurisdiction (which it did) the defendant averred that the request to constitute a limitation fund (or to give direction as to how to do so) or make a limitation decree should be dismissed and jurisdiction not be exercised because: (i) it is established practice of the Dubai Courts to permit defensive applications for limitation of liability, but not pre-emptive offensive applications where no claim has been brought against it; and (ii) there is no mechanism in the UAE to constitute and manage a limitation fund in the UAE.
Under California law, retirement plans often constitute community property.
A question exists about how much work is enough to constitute construction for purposes of section 199.
The court found that Maloof's personal loan guarantee, his pledge of stock and the bank's control of Level Propane did not constitute an economic outlay to create basis.
In her Worth Noting column (July/August 2005) Karen Ann Gajewski writes, "Hundreds of species are reportedly on the brink of becoming the first primate extinctions in nearly a century." To substantiate this claim, she then states, "nearly one-quarter of 625 primate species are in peril." But one-quarter of 625 species doesn't constitute "hundreds," it constitutes only 156.25.
Under an established series of precedents spanning half a century, the Court recited a variety of situations in which takings have been held to constitute valid public purposes which meet the constitutional "public use" requirement, such as slum clearance and reduction in concentration of land ownership.
This case is worthy of note because it doesn't deal with the traditional kinds of advertisements on the Internet, such as a Web site highlighting the benefits or advantages of a particular product or service, pop-ups, unsolicited spam e-mails or banners, all of which would likely constitute advertising as that term has been defined by the majority of courts around the country.
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that Newton Township's (Township) temporary moratorium on the development of land did not constitute so onerous a burden on a homebuilder's use of his land as to constitute a taking without just compensation.
Assessments of globalization constitute perforce an interdisciplinary project, and this too is reflected in the essays in this volume.
The Notice directed Respondent to file an answer within 20 days and warned that failure to do so would constitute a waiver of his right to appear and contest the allegations.
The appeals court held that the strip search of the prisoner in conjunction with a random drug testing program did not constitute cruel and unusual punishment, in spite of the prisoner's assertions that he felt humiliated, particularly by the 20-minute period he remained naked in a bathroom stall until he could produce a urine sample.