posse comitatus

[ pos-ee kom-i-tah-tuhs, -tey- ]
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noun
  1. 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.

  2. a body of persons so called into service.

Origin of posse comitatus

1
1620–30; <Medieval Latin: posse of the county

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posse comitatus

/ (ˌkɒmɪˈtɑːtəs) /


noun
  1. the formal legal term for posse (def. 1)

Origin of posse comitatus

1
Medieval Latin: strength (manpower) of the county

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