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constabulary

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adjective con·stab·u·lary \ kən-ˈsta-byə-ˌler-ē , -ˌle-rē \

Definition of constabulary

:of or relating to a constable or constabulary

First Known Use of constabulary

1824


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constabulary

noun

Definition of constabulary

plural constabularies
1 :the organized body of constables of a particular district or country
2 :an armed police force organized on military lines but distinct from the regular army

Examples of constabulary in a Sentence

  1. all members of the local constabulary were on the alert for the escaped convict

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First Known Use of constabulary

circa 1715

constabulary Synonyms

Synonyms
police, finest, force, fuzz, heat [slang], man, police force
Related Words
bluecoat, bobby [British], bull [slang], constable, cop, copper, gendarme, officer, peeler [British], policeman, police officer, policewoman, shamus [slang], trooper

CONSTABULARY Defined for English Language Learners

constabulary

noun

Definition of constabulary for English Language Learners

  • : the police force of a particular area



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