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Constitution

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The fundamental laws of a state. It may be either despotic, aristocratic, democratic, or mixed.

To give a nation a constitution is to give it fixed laws even to the limitation of the sovereign’s rights, so that the people are not under the arbitrary caprice of a ruler, but under a known code of laws. A despotism or autocracy is solely under the unrestricted will of the despot or autocrat.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Constitution
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