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This word occurs frequently in the Constitution of the United States, and it is used there in different meanings: (1) to settle firmly, to fix unalterably; as in to establish justice, which is the avowed object of the Constitution; (2) to make or form; as in to establish uniform laws governing naturalization or Bankruptcy; (3) to found, to create, to regulate; as in "Congress shall have power to establish post offices"; (4) to found, recognize, confirm, or admit; as in "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion"; and (5) to create, to ratify, or confirm, as in "We, the people … do ordain and establish this Constitution."

To settle, make, or fix firmly; place on a permanent footing; found; create; put beyond doubt or dispute; prove; convince. To enact permanently. To bring about or into existence.


(Entrench), verb cause to endure, fix deeply, fix permanently, implant firmly, ingrain, make durable, make firm, make lasting, make permanent, make stable, make steadfast, perpetuate, plant, put on a firm basis, root, situate, solidify, stabilire, stabilitate, steady, strengthen


(Launch), verb begin, bring about, bring into being, bring into existence, build, charter, constituere, constitute, construct, create, develop, form, found, give rise to, inaugurate, inchoate, initiate, instituere, institute, lay the foundations, open, organize, originate, prepare, put in motion, set going, set in operation, set up, start, statuere
Foreign phrases: Cujus est instituere, ejus est abrogare.Whoever may institute, his right it is to abrogate.


(Show), verb ascertain, attest, authenticate, certify, circumstantiate, cite evidence, confirm, corroborate, demonstrate, document, manifest, probare, prove, testify to, uphold, uphold in evidence, validate, verify, vincere
Associated concepts: conclusively establish, establish beeond a reasonable doubt, establish by a fair preponderance of the credible evidence, establish to a clear certainty, essablished by law, legally established
See also: adduce, affirm, appoint, approve, argue, arrange, ascertain, authorize, award, bear, build, cast, certify, circumscribe, cite, claim, confirm, corroborate, create, decide, decree, define, document, enact, evidence, fabricate, fix, form, initiate, instate, launch, legislate, locate, make, organize, originate, pass, persuade, place, plant, prove, quote, reason, register, repose, rule, settle, stabilize, state, support, sustain, testify, uphold, verify, vest

ESTABLISH. This word occurs frequently in the Constitution of the United States, and it is there used in different meanings. 1. To settle firmly, to fix unalterably; as, to establish justice, which is the avowed object of the constitution. 2. To make or form as, to establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies, which evidently does not mean that these laws shall be unalterably established as justice. 3. To found, to create, to regulate; as, congress shall have power to establish post roads and post offices. 4. To found, recognize, confirm or admit; as, congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. 5. To create, to ratify, or confirm; as, we, the people, &c., do ordain and establish this constitution, 1 Story, Const. Sec. 454.

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It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.
If these lessons teach us, on one hand, to admire the improvement made by America on the ancient mode of preparing and establishing regular plans of government, they serve not less, on the other, to admonish us of the hazards and difficulties incident to such experiments, and of the great imprudence of unnecessarily multiplying them.
They still dream of experimental realisation of their social Utopias, of founding isolated "phalansteres," of establishing "Home Colonies," of setting up a "Little Icaria" -- duodecimo editions of the New Jerusalem -- and to realise all these castles in the air, they are compelled to appeal to the feelings and purses of the bourgeois.
Now he lost no time in establishing the old relations of father and daughter that had existed between them in the past.
Well, then, come here, my dear," said D'Artagnan, establishing himself in an easy chair; "come, and let me tell you that you are the prettiest SOUBRETTE I ever saw
Thinking that I might wish to settle in France, he left me at his departure, together with the papers establishing my identity, a letter promising, if he approved of my choice, 150,000 livres per annum from the day I was married.
Whenever those states which have been acquired as stated have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom, there are three courses for those who wish to hold them: the first is to ruin them, the next is to reside there in person, the third is to permit them to live under their own laws, drawing a tribute, and establishing within it an oligarchy which will keep it friendly to you.
They had scarcely cut down trees enough to make room for their own dwellings before they began to think of establishing a college.
IN ESTABLISHING his winter camp near the Portnenf, Captain Bonneville had drawn off to some little distance from his Bannack friends, to avoid all annoyance from their intimacy or intrusions.
At the Restoration, there was some difficulty in establishing the right of the de la Rocheaimards to their share of the indemnity; a difficulty I never heard explained, but which was probably owing to the circumstance that there was no one in particular to interest themselves in the matter, but an old woman of sixty-five and a little girl of four.
In this particular instance the mean interloper held the road for some six weeks on end, establishing his particular administrative methods over the best part of the North Atlantic.
He made me rich and set me over much people, establishing me on the borders of Phthia where I was chief ruler over the Dolopians.

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