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[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
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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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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