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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n constabulary the force of policemen and officers "the law came looking for him"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Constabulary Of or pertaining to constables; consisting of constables.
    • n Constabulary The collective body of constables in any town, district, or country.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • constabulary Pertaining to constables; consisting of constables; involving the functions of constables: as, a constabulary force.
    • n constabulary The body of constables of a district, as a town, city, or county; a body or class of officers performing the functions of constables: as, the constabulary of Ireland.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Constabulary the body of constables of a district, town, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. constabularius, an equerry. See Constable
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. conestable (Fr. connétable)—L. comes stabuli, count of the stabulum, stable.


In literature:

An efficient constabulary was established, also a Philippine mint and coinage system on a gold basis.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The constabulary were mostly prisoners of the crown.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
The head of the constabulary and two of his men were standing there.
"Through Russian Snows" by G. A Henty
My own office, the clerk's offices, the constabulary on the first floor.
"The Eyes Have It" by Gordon Randall Garrett
In the last year of the war five regiments of Mounted Rifles and a Constabulary Force, which saw active service, were recruited.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
This is the private constabulary system by which armed forces are employed during labor troubles.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
On arrival they had checked in at the Apo View Hotel and had lost no time in finding local constabulary headquarters.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
But the local constabulary would; and the simplest way to blind a jackass is to throw dust in his eyes.
"Cleek of Scotland Yard" by Thomas W. Hanshew
I am Colonel Felix Rojas of the Philippine constabulary.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
That threat of "the constabulary" was an argument not to be defied.
"Dorothy at Oak Knowe" by Evelyn Raymond
But judgments were enforced not by a constabulary but by the community.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
Lindsay's first impulse was to summon the constabulary.
"The Ambassador" by Samuel Kimball Merwin
This I did, and found the country Constabulary most intelligent.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, July 23, 1887." by Various
The rioters had to be ejected by the Constabulary.
"Speeches and Addresses of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales: 1863-1888" by Edward VII
Baker Pasha, with about 4000 constabulary, who were old soldiers, attempted to relieve Tokar in February 1884.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
And the Royal Irish Constabulary fished for trout in the adjacent streams.
"Last Words" by Stephen Crane
Native people from among the Moros and Filipinos were organized into what was called the constabulary.
"The Career of Leonard Wood" by Joseph Hamblen Sears
The constabulary force has its headquarters at Ballymena.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
The constabulary has its headquarters at Armagh, the county being divided into five districts.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
Order is kept by the mounted territorial police, an excellent body, much like the Canadian mounted police and the Pennsylvania constabulary.
"A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open" by Theodore Roosevelt

In poetry:

In the blue Susquehanna
On a Saturday morning
I saw a mounted constabulary go by,
I saw boys playing marbles.
Spring and the hills laughed.
"Pennsylvania" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

A police officer from Cambridgeshire Constabulary in England, who is Sikh, wrote to convey his condolences and sadness at the loss of fellow Sikhs and the wounding of Murphy.
Digital agency XM London has launched a new website for the Police Force, aimed at its voluntary section, the Special Constabulary .
XM unveils new site for Special Constabulary police.
Northern Ireland's police force, the Royal Ulster Constabulary, has long been one of the region's most controversial institutions.
Salmiya, Kuwait — US embassies do a lot more than help American tourists who have lost their passports or gotten in trouble with the local constabulary.