posse-comitatus

posse comitatus

[pos-ee kom-i-tah-tuhs, -tey-]
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:
1620–30; < Medieval Latin: posse of the county

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posse comitatus (ˌkɒmɪˈtɑːtəs)
 
n
the formal legal term for posse
 
[Medieval Latin: strength (manpower) of the county]

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