constitution

  

Definition

Fundamental and entrenched rules governing the conduct of an organization or nation state, and establishing its concept, character, and structure. It is usually a short document, general in nature and embodying the aspirations and values of its writers and subjects. The oldest (1787) written national constitution is that of the US.

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  • There are many rules or laws that pertain to a society, but none of them can ever overrule the ones that are clearly stated in that country's constitution.

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  • When our forefathers wrote the Constitution they formed a new and wonderful experiment in government which spelled out the equality of all men and allowed flexibility for changes over time.

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  • A constitution can be useful for organizations of any size, such as a community group which may choose to organize their meetings through Robert's Rules of Order.

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