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 Definition A set of rules that are the ultimate source of legal authority and powers for a state. [d] [e]

I have corrected the widely-held but mistaken impression that Britain, New Zealand etc do not have written constitutions. That impression arises from the fact that they have no single document that can be referred to as "the constitution", and gives the misleading impression that the actions of their governments are not bound by their laws. I have also altered the sentence that gives the - not entirely correct - impression that in a constitutional monarchy the Prime Minister is the de facto head of state. Nick Gardner 11:43, 24 December 2009 (UTC)