Meaning of CONSTITUTIVE in English


I. ˈkänztəˌt(y)üd.iv, -än(t)stəˌt(y)-; kənzˈtichəd.iv, -ənˈsti- adjective


a. : having the power to enact or establish : constructive

b. : having the character of stating a condition of the possibility of experience and hence of natural phenomena — used in Kantianism of the categories (as those of quantity and quality); contrasted with regulative


a. : that gives the essential quality or nature : essential

a truly constitutive ingredient

b. : tending or assisting to constitute : coessential , component

reason as a constitutive factor of faith — W.R.Inge

for the part evidently is constitutive of the whole — A.N.Whitehead

3. : relating to or dependent on constitution (as the arrangement of atoms in a molecule)

a constitutive property

— compare additive 3, colligative

• con·sti·tu·tive·ly -d.ə̇vlē adverb

II. adjective


a. : of, relating to, or being an enzyme or protein produced in relatively constant amounts in all cells of an organism without regard to cell environmental conditions (as the concentration of a substrate) — compare inducible 1 herein

b. : controlling production of or coding genetic information for a constitutive enzyme or protein

constitutive genes

constitutive mutations

2. : being chromatin of a chromosomal region that is condensed into heterochromatin in all cells of an organism rather than just some

• constitutively adverb

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