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That which is consistent with or dependent upon the fundamental law that defines and establishes government in society and basic principles to which society is to conform.

A law is constitutional when it does not violate any provision of the U.S. Constitution or any state constitution.

See: fundamental, hereditary, innate, lawful, legal, legitimate, licit, organic, permissible, rightful, salutary, valid

CONSTITUTIONAL. That which is consonant to, and agrees with the constitution.
     2. When laws are made in violation of the constitution, they are null and void: but the courts will not declare such a law void unless there appears to be a clear and unequivocal breach of the constitution. 4 Dall. R. 14; 3 Dall. R. 399; 1 Cranch, R. 137; 1 Binn. R. 415 6 Cranch, R. 87, 136; 2 Hall's Law Journ. 96, 255, 262; 3 Hall's Law Journ. 267; Wheat. Dig. tit. Constitutional Law; 2 Pet. R. 522; 2 Dall. 309; 12 Wheat. R. 270; Charlt. R. 175,.235; 1 Breese, R. 70, 209; 1 Blackf. R. 206 2 Porter, R. 303; 5 Binn. 355; 3 S. & R. 169; 2 Penn. R. 184; 19 John. R. 58; 1 Cowen, R. 550; 1 Marsb. R. 290 Pr. Dec. 64, 89 2 Litt. R. 90; 4 Monr R. 43; 1 South. R. 192; 7 Pick. R. 466; 13 Pick. R. 60 11 Mass. R. 396; 9 Greenl. R. 60; 5 Hayw. R. 271; 1 Harr. & J. 236; 1 Gill & J. 473; 7 Gill & J. 7; 9 Yerg. 490; 1 Rep. Const. Ct. 267; 3 Desaus. R. 476; 6 Rand. 245; 1 Chip. R. 237, 257; 1 Aik. R. 314; 3 N. H. Rep. 473; 4 N. H. Rep. 16; 7 N. H. Rep. 65; 1 Murph. R. 58. See 8 Law Intell. 65, for a list of decisions made by the supreme court of the United States, declaring laws to be unconstitutional.

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BEIRUT: Iraqi President Fuad Masoum gave up his British passport Sunday and became the first top Iraqi official to take the constitutionally mandated step.
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When the Constitution was written, our Founding Fathers, with unsurpassed wisdom, realized that Americans are exceptional, thus gave us a constitutionally limited government where the individual would remain free and prosperous.
But now consider this hypothetical amendment to my hypothetical overbroad law: "This law shall only apply to the extent that its application is constitutionally permitted.
Notwithstanding that, we must also recognise it was legally and constitutionally proper that the decision over his release was one for the Scotthe tish Executive alone to take.
Unable to gain the constitutionally mandated approval of three-fourths of the state legislatures for passage of the 14th Amendment, Congress simply decreed a resolution declaring it so, and the amendment was added to the Constitution.
If Congress had been unable to make the constitutionally required quorum of more than half of all seats, the legislative branch might well have had to largely shut down, with catastrophic consequences for the nation's ability to govern itself and develop a response to the attacks--and perhaps even for America's democratic tradition.
Frist announced on February 10 that he would bring a proposal to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage up for a vote on June 5.
Particularly worthy here are his insights on "what's public about public education," his review of both the promise and the limits of school choice, and his formulation of a tough-love strategy for reforming institutions that are constitutionally averse to change.
From a legal perspective, the Free Speech Coalition argues that the restrictions amount to a prior restraint on constitutionally protected speech, that many of the rules are unworkably vague, and that the inspection provisions--which for small producers may entail visits to private homes--offend the Fourth Amendment.
Other departments limit the use of deadly force to prevent the escape of dangerous subjects, even though clearly constitutionally appropriate under Garner.
The court noted that inmate grievance procedures are not even constitutionally required, and therefore an inmate's mere disagreement with the outcome of his grievance will not give rise to a constitutional claim.