con·sti·tute / ˈkänstəˌt(y)oōt/ • v. [tr.] 1. be (a part) of a whole: single parents constitute a great proportion of the poor. ∎ (of people or things) combine to form (a whole): there were enough members present to constitute a quorum. ∎ be or be equivalent to (something): his failure to act constituted a breach of duty.2. (usu. be constituted) give legal or constitutional form to (an institution); establish by law.
So constitution decree, ordinance XIV; nature, disposition XVI; mode or principles of state organization XVII. — (O)F. — L. Hence constitutional XVII. constitutive constructive XVI; formative, component XVII.