Posse comitatus

Definition of Posse comitatus

Pos´se com`i`ta´tus
1.
1.(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.
2.A collection of people; a throng; a rabble.
As if the passion that rules were the sheriff of the place, and came off with all the posse.
- Locke.

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constabulary, law, police, police force, posse, posseman
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