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Princeton's WordNet

  1. posse, posse comitatus(noun)

    a temporary police force


  1. posse comitatus(Noun)

    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.

  2. posse comitatus(Noun)

    Any band of men, especially armed or hostile.

  3. Origin: From posse comitatus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Posse comitatus

    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

  2. Posse comitatus

    a collection of people; a throng; a rabble


  1. Posse comitatus

    Posse comitatus is the common-law or statute law authority of a county sheriff or other law officer to conscript any able-bodied man to assist him in keeping the peace or to pursue and arrest a felon, similar to the concept of the "hue and cry". Originally found in English common law, it is generally obsolete; however, it survives in the United States, where it is the law enforcement equivalent of summoning the militia for military purposes.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Posse Comitatus

    a Latin expression, signifies the whole coercive power of a county called out in the case of a riot, and embraces all males over 15 except peers, ecclesiastics, and infirm persons. These may be summoned by the sheriff to assist in maintaining the public peace, enforcing a writ, or capturing a felon; but usually the constabulary is sufficient for these duties.


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