Definition of constabulary in English:

constabulary

Syllabification: con·stab·u·lar·y
Pronunciation: /kənˈstabyəˌlerē
 
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noun (plural constabularies)

1The constables of a district, collectively.
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  • This is not the conventional constabulary, nor is the appropriate conventional, predetermined, domestic, natural-disaster team when the threat is global terrorism.
  • Many of the southeastern nations instituted light-horse constabularies, courts, and tribal governments.
  • In England, the coroner system was established under the constabulary.
1.1An armed police force organized as a military unit.
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  • In most other states the poll can be easily conducted on a single day with the help of the state police and armed constabulary, supervised by the Election Commission observers and perhaps a small contingent of Central forces.
  • At the outset of a peace operation, all of these elements - military, constabulary, civil police, and judicial and penal experts - should be deployed together.
  • U.S. troop strength was reduced from 70,000 to 34,000 and the newly formed Philippine constabulary took over many of the police duties.
1.2British A police force covering a particular area or city.
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  • The orchestrated escort and the accompanying police violence in clearing the picket reflected the involvement of city based police, the local constabulary having been cooperative with the workers.
  • The move comes as the Home Office completes plans to merge the county constabularies and reduce 43 police forces to about 15.
  • ‘Operation Cobra’ sounds like a plot by undercover CIA operatives to assassinate a Central American despot, rather than the local constabulary's crackdown on car thieves.

adjective

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Of or relating to a constabulary.
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  • The idea of concentrating constabulary strength by temporarily vacating some stations had been part of contingency planning since 1917.
  • But police abuse is not the product of some overweening constabulary malevolence constantly bursting the seams of whatever rules for regulating conduct are laid down.
  • The office of the Commissioner of Police embodies the principle of constabulary independence.

Origin

late 15th century (denoting the district under the charge of a constable): from medieval Latin constabularia (dignitas) '(rank) of constable', from constabulus, based on Latin comes stabuli (see constable).

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