[pos-ee kom-i-tah-tuh s, -tey-]
- the body of persons that a peace officer of a county is empowered to call upon for assistance in preserving the peace, making arrests, and serving writs.
- a body of persons so called into service.
Origin of posse comitatus
1620–30; < Medieval Latin: posse of the county
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Examples from the Web for posse comitatus
All he did was to reduce the report of the doctors to writing, and to return to his office with his posse-comitatus at his heels.My Miscellanies, Vol. 2 (of 2)
- the formal legal term for posse (def. 1)
Medieval Latin: strength (manpower) of the county
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