Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The body of constables of a district or city.
  • noun The district under the jurisdiction of a constable.
  • noun An armed police force organized like a military unit.
  • adjective Of or relating to constables, constabularies, or their jurisdictions.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to constables; consisting of constables; involving the functions of constables: as, a constabulary force.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to constables; consisting of constables.
  • noun The collective body of constables in any town, district, or country.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, or relating to constables.
  • adjective Characteristic to police; police-like (as opposed to military)
  • noun A police force.
  • noun The police in a particular district or area.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the force of policemen and officers

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From mediaeval Latin conestabularia, a noun use of the feminine version of conestabularius, from Latin constabulus, from comes stabuli, literally ‘master of the stables’.

Examples

  • The constabulary is saddled not just with law enforcement but with community mediation, counselling, social disruption and family and marital breakdown.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • He said Miss Adams had called the constabulary's non-emergency number at 10. 45pm to report noise and nuisance in the garden.

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  • 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.

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  • Criticising the constabulary was a no-go area for MPs.

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  • It's the navy's "constabulary" role, protecting British trade since Henry VIII built his first fleet.

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  • 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;"

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  • When constabulary duty's to be done, to be done, a policeman's life is not an happy one.

    -- The Pirates of Penzance

    August 20, 2008

  • "Les gendarmes du Marseilles, the constabulary, de stiff awm o' de law".

    November 12, 2010

  • Clarkie is a part of this.

    June 12, 2012