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posse comitatus

[pos-ee kom-i-tah-tuh s, -tey-] /ˈpɒs i ˌkɒm ɪˈtɑ təs, -ˈteɪ-/
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.
a body of persons so called into service.
Origin of posse comitatus
1620-30; < Medieval Latin: posse of the county Unabridged
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  • All he did was to reduce the report of the doctors to writing, and to return to his office with his posse-comitatus at his heels.

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posse comitatus

the formal legal term for posse (sense 1)
Word Origin
Medieval Latin: strength (manpower) of the county
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