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How to avoid this redundancy here?

According to the Constitution, the state power was by no means to be changed by means of a revolution.

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  • Could you paraphrase the intended meaning? Do you mean "...the state power was not changed due to a revolution"? I am not clear why means is used as it makes comprehension difficult. Did you write this or could you cite the source?
    – user3169
    May 10 '18 at 5:19
  • @user3169 - My meaning was that the Constitution of a country forbade the change of the state power by means of a revolution. In other words, the Constitution forbade revolution as a legal way of changing the state power in the country.
    – brilliant
    May 10 '18 at 5:25
  • So using that, "According to the Constitution, it was forbidden to change the state power by means of a revolution." would be OK. I am unclear why you used "by no means" in your example.
    – user3169
    May 10 '18 at 5:40
  • @user3169: "I am unclear why you used "by no means" in your example" - Just to emphasize the fact that all kinds of revolutions are forbidden by the Constitution.
    – brilliant
    Aug 26 '18 at 5:04
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According to the Constitution, the state power was by no means to be changed by means of a revolution.

Maybe the following was what you wanted?

According to the Constitution, the state power was not to be changed by a revolution.

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    Thank you. Can I still keep the first "by no means"? In other words, can I say like this: "According to the Constitution, the state power was by no means to be changed by a revolution"? Or should it be now something like "in no way", or "in no case", or something else?
    – brilliant
    Sep 11 '18 at 3:53
  • "According to the Constitution, by no means was the state power to be changed by means of a revolution."
    – John D
    Jan 30 '21 at 11:28

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