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constabulary1

[kuh n-stab-yuh-ler-ee] /kənˈstæb yəˌlɛr i/
noun, plural constabularies.
1.
the body of constables of a district.
2.
a body of officers of the peace organized on a military basis.
Origin of constabulary1
1350-1400
1350-1400; < Medieval Latin constabulāria, feminine of constabulārius constabulary2; replacing Middle English constablerie < Old French < Medieval Latin as above

constabulary2

[kuh n-stab-yuh-ler-ee] /kənˈstæb yəˌlɛr i/
adjective
1.
pertaining to constables or their duties.
Also, constabular
[kuh n-stab-yuh-ler] /kənˈstæb yə lər/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1815-25; < Medieval Latin constabulārius; see constable, -ary
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Examples from the Web for constabulary
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  • The splendid force of constabulary which are now for you would be against you.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • I saw the constabulary going in force there this afternoon.'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • I am, as you know, assistant superintendent to the constabulary force of the colony.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • The map was symbolic of the constabulary, whose duty it is to know all, to protect all.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • You can never tell what the next day may bring you constabulary fellows!

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • This was constabulary business, would be handled by constabulary.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • He was proud of Terry—trust the constabulary to see a thing through!

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • Constable Wiseman, of the Eastbourne constabulary, certainly was not curious.

    The Man Who Knew Edgar Wallace
  • It was formidable, for there was no Irish constabulary or militia.

  • The constabulary are, I'll admit, but the most of them are as useless as the priests.

    Just Irish Charles Battell Loomis
British Dictionary definitions for constabulary

constabulary

/kənˈstæbjʊlərɪ/
noun (pl) -laries
1.
the police force of a town or district
adjective
2.
of or relating to constables, constabularies, or their duties
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Word Origin and History for constabulary
n.

1630s, "district under a constable," from Medieval Latin constabularia, from constabulus, Latinized form of Old French conestable (see constable). Meaning "organized body of constables" is from 1837. Earlier (mid-15c.) as an adjective, "pertaining to a constable."

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