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Do I capitalize the C in Constitutional in this sentence?

Asked by weeveeship (4353 points ) May 12th, 2011

When referring to the Constitution in an adjective sense, do I still need to capitalize the C.

e.g. The court unjustly deprived defendant of his Constitutional rights.

e.g. Justice X concurred that discrimination against ethnic minorities is not Constitutional under the Equal Protection Clause.

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

The ‘C’ in ‘constitutional’ should be in lowercase in both of your examples. Unless the word is part of a proper name, or the first word in a sentence, it should not not be capitalized.

weeveeship's avatar

Thanks.

@Pied_Pfeffer If Constitutional is part of a two-word proper noun such as “Constitutional Law” or “Constitutional Amendment X” then Constitutional should be capitalized, right?

Lightlyseared's avatar

No. constitutional law is not a proper noun and it should not be capitalised.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Constitutional Amendment X is the name of the amendent, and would be capitalized. Likewise, Constitutional Law as the title of a course or book would be capitalized. However, Justice Brandeis’ establishment of the implied right to privacy impacted constitutional law in the 20th century. would not be capitalize.

Ron_C's avatar

When you speak of the Constitution, it should be capitalized, otherwise, as in your examples, it should be lower cased.

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