Posse comitatus
Posse comitatus 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}.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. A collection of people; a throng; a rabble. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

Note: The word comitatus is often omitted, and posse alone used. ``A whole posse of enthusiasts.'' --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

As if the passion that rules were the sheriff of the place, and came off with all the posse. --Locke. [1913 Webster]


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