What does posse mean?

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ˈpɒs iposse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. posse, posse comitatusnoun

    a temporary police force

Wiktionary

  1. possenoun

    A group of people summoned to help law enforcement

  2. possenoun

    A search party

  3. possenoun

    A criminal gang

  4. possenoun

    A group of associates

  5. Etymology: From posse comitatus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POSSEnoun

    An armed power; from posse comitatus, the power of the shires. A low word.

    Etymology: Latin.

    The posse comitatus, the power of the whole county, is legally committed unto him. Francis Bacon.

    As if the passion that rules, were the sheriff of the place, and came with all the posse, the understanding is seized. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Possenoun

    see Posse comitatus

Freebase

  1. Posse

    Posse is a 1993 American Western film directed by and starring Mario Van Peebles. Featuring a large ensemble cast, the film tells the story of a posse of African-American soldiers and one ostracized white soldier, who are all betrayed by a corrupt colonel. The story starts with the group escaping with a cache of gold, and continues with their leader Jessie Lee taking revenge on the men who killed his preacher father. The story is presented as a flashback told by an unnamed old man. The title of the film refers to a group of people who are summoned to help law enforcement officers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Posse

    pos′ē, n. power: possibility.—Posse comitatus, the power of the county: the body of men entitled to be called out by the sheriff to aid in enforcing the law. [L. posse, to be able.]

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  1. pesos, poses, speos, s'pose, spose

  2. Spose

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of posse in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of posse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of posse in a Sentence

  1. Chrissy Houlahan:

    For me, it is heartening. It is validating, it feels like I am part of a posse of people who have gotten into races for the right reasons.

  2. Veryan Khan:

    If you have spent any time watching Boko Haram, you would know that Shekau is truly insane and his version of Islam is even too radical for Islamic State, a mixture of part witch doctor/part voodoo/part radical Islam. He is usually screaming, surrounded by a posse, and at least one tank, this last video is a totally new Shekau, calm, cool collective.Someone is directing his image. My thought is he is a wild card that Islamic State cannot afford to ally with unless they rebrand him or get rid of him entirely.

  3. Virgil:

    Possunt quia posse videntur. (They can because they think they can)

  4. Paul Anka:

    I spent time with Elvis Presley and watched Elvis Presley self-destruct, elvis Presley was a good guy, a Southern gentleman, a little nave, but Elvis Presley started to lose it — Elvis Presley got locked into that cocoon, the comfort of the posse, the aluminum foil on the windows and no sun. I told Elvis Presley, ‘ It’s not your kind of song, ’ but it meant a lot to Elvis Presley.

  5. Sheriff Joe Arpaio:

    Maricopa County’s the beauty of this posse, when citizens feel the need for extra protection that does n’t come at a high cost to taxpayers, the armed posse can always be counted on.

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