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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

  3. Origin: [L. posse to be able, to have power + LL. comitatus a county, from comes, comitis, a count. See County, and Power.]


  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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. posse comitatus

    A sheriff or marshal, for the purpose of keeping the peace and pursuing felons, may command all the people of his county above fifteen years old to attend him, which is called the posse comitatus, or “power of the county.”—Blackstone.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of posse comitatus in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of posse comitatus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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