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Topic: POLICE

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: constable 'high-ranking royal official, local officer of the law' (12-21 centuries), from Old French conestable, from Late Latin comes stabuli 'officer of the stable'

constable

noun
     
con‧sta‧ble [countable]
1SCP a British police officer of the lowest rank
2 in the US, someone who has some of the powers of a police officer and can send legal documents that order someone to do something
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