The definition of a constable is a law enforcement officer in a small town who has less authority than a sheriff.(noun)
A small-town police officer who patrols the streets, keeps order and who has limited authority is an example of a constable.
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Origin: ME < OFr conestable < LL comes stabuli, lit., count of the stable, hence chief groom < L comes, companion, fellow (see count) + stabulum, stable
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noun Abbr. Cons. or Const.
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French conestable
Origin: , from Late Latin comes stabulī, officer of the stable
Origin: : Latin comes, officer, companion; see ei- in Indo-European roots
Origin: + Latin stabulī
Origin: , genitive of stabulum, stable; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
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