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Definition: Constable

Quick Summary of Constable

A peace officer for a particular geographic area — most often a rural county — who commonly has the power to serve legal papers, arrest lawbreakers and keep the peace. Depending on the state, a constable may be similar to a marshal or sheriff.

What is the dictionary definition of Constable?

Dictionary Definition

  1. British, New Zealand A police officer ranking below sergeant in most British/New Zealand police forces. (See also chief constable).
  2. Officer of a noble court in the middle ages, usually a senior army commander. (See also marshal).
  3. U.S. Public officer, usually at the municipal level, responsible for maintaining order or serving writs and court orders.

n. a law officer for a particular area such as a rural township, much like a sheriff (who serves a county) and usually elected, who is responsible for such duties as serving summonses, complaints, subpoenas, and court orders, assisting the local court, as well as “keeping the peace.” In England, this was an exalted position as law enforcement chief for an extensive area, but in the United States, the office of constable is a dying breed, like Justice of the Peace.

Full Definition of Constable

Where the word ‘constable’ is used in a Statute, and in most case reports, it can refer to any serving police officer of any rank. ‘Constable’ is also a rank within the police service, but that is an administrative matter, not a technical one.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Constable. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 20, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Constable. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 20, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Constable. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Constable are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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