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 for Apostolic constitutions
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Constitution \Con`sti*tu"tion\ (k[o^]n`st[i^]*t[=u]"sh[u^]n), n.
     [F. constitution, L. constitutio.]
     1. The act or process of constituting; the action of
        enacting, establishing, or appointing; enactment;
        establishment; formation.
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     2. The state of being; that form of being, or structure and
        connection of parts, which constitutes and characterizes a
        system or body; natural condition; structure; texture;
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              The physical constitution of the sun. --Sir J.
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     3. The aggregate of all one's inherited physical qualities;
        the aggregate of the vital powers of an individual, with
        reference to ability to endure hardship, resist disease,
        etc.; as, a robust constitution.
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              Our constitutions have never been enfeebled by the
              vices or luxuries of the old world.   --Story.
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     4. The aggregate of mental qualities; temperament.
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              He defended himself with . . . less passion than was
              expected from his constitution.       --Clarendon.
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     5. The fundamental, organic law or principles of government
        of men, embodied in written documents, or implied in the
        institutions and usages of the country or society; also, a
        written instrument embodying such organic law, and laying
        down fundamental rules and principles for the conduct of
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              Our constitution had begun to exist in times when
              statesmen were not much accustomed to frame exact
              definitions.                          --Macaulay.
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     Note: In England the constitution is unwritten, and may be
           modified from time to time by act of Parliament. In the
           United States a constitution cannot ordinarily be
           modified, exept through such processes as the
           constitution itself ordains.
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     6. An authoritative ordinance, regulation or enactment;
        especially, one made by a Roman emperor, or one affecting
        ecclesiastical doctrine or discipline; as, the
        constitutions of Justinian.
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              The positive constitutions of our own churches.
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              A constitution of Valentinian addressed to Olybrius,
              then prefect of Rome, for the regulation of the
              conduct of advocates.                 --George Long.
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     Apostolic constitutions. See under Apostolic.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apostolic \Ap`os*tol"ic\, Apostolical \Ap`os*tol"ic*al\, a. [L.
     apostolicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. apostolique.]
     1. Pertaining to an apostle, or to the apostles, their times,
        or their peculiar spirit; as, an apostolical mission; the
        apostolic age.
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     2. According to the doctrines of the apostles; delivered or
        taught by the apostles; as, apostolic faith or practice.
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     3. Of or pertaining to the pope or the papacy; papal.
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     Apostolical brief. See under Brief.
     Apostolic canons, a collection of rules and precepts
        relating to the duty of Christians, and particularly to
        the ceremonies and discipline of the church in the second
        and third centuries.
     Apostolic church, the Christian church; -- so called on
        account of its apostolic foundation, doctrine, and order.
        The churches of Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem
        were called apostolic churches.
     Apostolic constitutions, directions of a nature similar to
        the apostolic canons, and perhaps compiled by the same
        authors or author.
     Apostolic fathers, early Christian writers, who were born
        in the first century, and thus touched on the age of the
        apostles. They were Polycarp, Clement, Ignatius, and
        Hermas; to these Barnabas has sometimes been added.
     Apostolic king (or majesty), a title granted by the pope
        to the kings of Hungary on account of the extensive
        propagation of Christianity by St. Stephen, the founder of
        the royal line. It is now a title of the emperor of
        Austria in right of the throne of Hungary.
     Apostolic see, a see founded and governed by an apostle;
        specifically, the Church of Rome; -- so called because, in
        the Roman Catholic belief, the pope is the successor of
        St. Peter, the prince of the apostles, and the only
        apostle who has successors in the apostolic office.
     Apostolical succession, the regular and uninterrupted
        transmission of ministerial authority by a succession of
        bishops from the apostles to any subsequent period.
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