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posse comitatus


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The able-bodied men over 15 in a given county who can be summoned by the sheriff to help keep the peace, or arrest a felon; also a group of men so gathered.
  • n. Any band of men, especially armed or hostile.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • A collection of people; a throng; a rabble.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a temporary police force


From Late Latin posse ("to be able (to have)") comitatus ("a company"). (Wiktionary)


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  • From Latin... "force of the county"

    October 11, 2008

  • "The body of persons that a peace officer of a county is empowered to call upon for assistance in preserving the peace, making arrests, and serving writs."

    March 16, 2008