the body of constables of a district.
a body of officers of the peace organized on a military basis.
Other definitions for constabulary (2 of 2)
pertaining to constables or their duties.
- Also con·stab·u·lar [kuhn-stab-yuh-ler]. /kənˈstæb yə lər/.
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How to use constabulary in a sentence
In the absence of a Haitian military, the U.S. will inevitably assume the uncomfortable role of a de facto constabulary force.
constabulary was insufficient to cope with the marauders, and regular troops had to be sent to these provinces.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The regular troops, the constabulary, and other armed forces combined were unable to exterminate brigandage.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
I am, as you know, assistant superintendent to the constabulary force of the colony.A Final Reckoning | G. A. Henty
One of the bands was that of the constabulary, playing really well, and with magnificent indifference to the other two.The Head Hunters of Northern Luzon From Ifugao to Kalinga | Cornelis De Witt Willcox
The constabulary appeared to me to be physically better than the tribe from which they were drawn.The Head Hunters of Northern Luzon From Ifugao to Kalinga | Cornelis De Witt Willcox
British Dictionary definitions for constabulary
the police force of a town or district
of or relating to constables, constabularies, or their duties
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