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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The inherent authority of a government to impose restrictions on private rights for the sake of public welfare, order, and security.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The inherent power, incident to sovereignty, of a state to regulate and exercise reasonable control over matters of public health, public morals, public safety, and in general, all things relating to the general welfare.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The inherent power of a government to regulate its police affairs.

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