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posse

[ pos-ee ]
/ ˈpɒs i /
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noun

a body or force armed with legal authority.
Slang. a group of friends or associates: hanging out with your posse; a posse of drug dealers.

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Origin of posse

First recorded in 1575–85; from Medieval Latin posse “power, force,” noun use of Latin infinitive: “to be able, have power,” contraction of potis “able” + esse “to be”; see potent1
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British Dictionary definitions for posse

posse
/ (ˈpɒsɪ) /

noun

Also called: posse comitatus US the able-bodied men of a district assembled together and forming a group upon whom the sheriff may call for assistance in maintaining law and order
law possibility (esp in the phrase in posse)
slang a Jamaican street gang in the US
informal a group of friends or associates

Word Origin for posse

C16: from Medieval Latin (n): power, strength, from Latin (vb): to be able, have power
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