con·​stab·​u·​lary | \ kən-ˈsta-byə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce constabulary (audio) , -ˌle-rē \

Definition of constabulary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a constable or constabulary


plural constabularies

Definition of constabulary (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms for constabulary

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of constabulary in a Sentence

Noun all members of the local constabulary were on the alert for the escaped convict
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The third battalion, staffed with short-term conscripts, is a brigade’s constabulary and training base. David Axe, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Given America’s changed geopolitical circumstances and the Navy’s evident disinterest in continuing its traditional constabulary missions, the Coast Guard needs to grow. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 23 May 2022 The second one was during the massive protests that happened following the release of the video of the killing of George Floyd, when the administration assembled a constabulary that stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with masks on. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Egged on by jingoistic tabloids making insipid World War II allusions, English knuckleheads gathered outside the stadium and tried their best to rumble with German fans, but the constabulary largely kept order. Bill Saporito, Time, 9 July 2021 His career reflects the current fashion in ideological groupthink — also a defect of our partisan critical constabulary that has made Martin Eden a film-festival favorite. Armond White, National Review, 16 Oct. 2020 Current Constable Wayne Thompson enacted several programs within his department that are relatively uncommon for a constabulary. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2020 League constabulary busts Raiders twice for allowing unauthorized civilians in the locker room. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2020 Dupin—who is thought to have been modelled on a real-life Frenchman, Eugène-François Vidocq—is a private citizen with a prodigious intellect, remarkable skills of observation, and time on his hands, cracking cases that stump the local constabulary. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of constabulary


1824, in the meaning defined above


circa 1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Constabulary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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