from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- (Law) The power of the county, or the citizens who may be summoned by the sheriff to assist the authorities in suppressing a riot, or executing any legal precept which is forcibly opposed.
- colloq. A collection of people; a throng; a rabble.
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- noun historical The
able-bodied menover 15 in a given county who can be summoned by the sheriffto help keepthe peace, or arresta felon; also a group of men so gathered.
- noun figuratively Any band of men, especially armed or hostile.
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- noun a temporary police force
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Medieval Latin posse comitātūs : Medieval Latin posse, power, body of men (from Latin, to be able; see potent) + comitātūs, genitive of comitātus, county, territory of a count; see county.]
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From Late Latin posse ("to be able (to have)") comitatus ("a company").
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