A mesure of physical hardiness.

Usually abreviated to CON, it's a terribly important attribute in Dungeons and Dragons. Higher constitution means more hit points, and this in turn means increased survivability. Fighters, Monks, and Clerics get in combat all the time, so they need it for sure. However, rogues and wizards have so few hitpoints to start, they need every bonus they can get.

The moral of the story is: Make sure your CON is at least 14!

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Con`sti*tu"tion (?), n. [F. constitution, L. constitute.]


The act or process of constituting; the action of enacting, establishing, or appointing; enactment; establishment; formation.


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; conformation.

The physical constitution of the sun. Sir J. Herschel.


The agregate of all one's inherited physical qualities; the aggregate of the vital powers of an individual, with refernce to ability to endure hardship, resist disease, etc.; as, a robust constitution.

Our constitutions have never been enfeebled by the vices or luxuries of the oid world. Story.


The aggregate of mental qualities; temperament.

He defended himself with . . . less passion than was expected from his constitution. Clarendon.


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 affairs.

Our constitution had begun to exist in times when statesmen were not much accustomed to frame exact definitions. Macaulay.

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.


An authoritative ordinance, regulation or enactment; especially, one made by a Roman emperor, or one affecting ecclesiastical doctrine or disipline; as, the constitutions of Justinian.

The positive constutions of our own churches. Hooker.

A constitution of Valentinian addressed to Olybrius, then prefect of Rome, for the regulation of the conduct of advocates. George Long.

Apostolic constitutions. See under Apostolic.


© Webster 1913.

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