Posse

Pos"se

(?), n. See Posse comitatus.
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In posse. See In posse in the Vocabulary.
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Pos"se com`i*ta"tus

(?). [L. posse to be able, to have power + LL. comitatus a county, from comes, comitis, a count. See County, and Power.]
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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. Blackstone.
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2. A collection of people; a throng; a rabble. [Colloq.]
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The word comitatus is often omitted, and posse alone used. "A whole posse of enthusiasts." Carlyle.
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As if the passion that rules were the sheriff of the place, and came off with all the posse.
Locke.
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