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police power

noun
1.
the power of a nation, within the limits of its constitution, to regulate the conduct of its citizens in the interest of the common good.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism
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  • Long-standing cultural tradition exercises its own police power.
  • Zoning of building heights near an airport is a proper exercise of the police power.
  • The power of the state to protect the public's health is derived from the police power.
  • He argues, in effect, that the power of eminent domain and the police power are not mutually exclusive.
  • Exercise its police power as a home rule charter county.
  • Any exercise of the police power must be reasonable, and not arbitrary.

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