Definition of constabulary in English:


Syllabification: con·stab·u·lar·y
Pronunciation: /kənˈstabyəˌlerē

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.


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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.


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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