American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The body of constables of a district or city.
- n. The district under the jurisdiction of a constable.
- n. An armed police force organized like a military unit.
- adj. Of or relating to constables, constabularies, or their jurisdictions.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to constables; consisting of constables; involving the functions of constables: as, a constabulary force.
- n. The body of constables of a district, as a town, city, or county; a body or class of officers performing the functions of constables: as, the constabulary of Ireland.
- adj. Of, or relating to constables.
- adj. Characteristic to police; police-like (as opposed to military)
- n. A police force.
- n. The police in a particular district or area.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to constables; consisting of constables.
- n. The collective body of constables in any town, district, or country.
- n. the force of policemen and officers
- From mediaeval Latin conestabularia, a noun use of the feminine version of conestabularius, from Latin constabulus, from comes stabuli, literally ‘master of the stables’. (Wiktionary)
“The constabulary is saddled not just with law enforcement but with community mediation, counselling, social disruption and family and marital breakdown.”
“The new government is trying to create a new counterterrorism, with U.S. support, and we are training the frontier constabulary, which is a paramilitary force, primarily to fight terror in the tribal areas.”
“He said Miss Adams had called the constabulary's non-emergency number at 10. 45pm to report noise and nuisance in the garden.”
“He added that the award reflects the contribution PC Edwards has made to the overall aim of the constabulary, which is to inspire trust and confidence in the police service”
“Richard Thompson, chief constable of the nuclear constabulary, which is the country's most heavily armed police force and that's not even counting all the plutonium it's packing, is of a different mind.”
“Criticising the constabulary was a no-go area for MPs.”
“It's the navy's "constabulary" role, protecting British trade since Henry VIII built his first fleet.”
“First of all, it helps to look at the 4 "core missions" they suggest for US military forces: defend the American homeland; fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars; perform the "constabulary" duties associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions; transform U.S. forces to exploit the "revolution in military affairs;”
“As to "constabulary" duties, we all know how loved we are as the World Police, especially in the Iraq Civil War.”
“To defeat them, Bobbitt counsels turning the U.S. armed forces into a vast "constabulary" that would occupy all places and pacify all peoples threatened by "terror" and reform them into "states of consent.”
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