police power


police power
police power see power 2a

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

police power
n.
A government’s power to preserve the peace and public order through the use of a police force and criminal laws that restrain personal freedom and property rights.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


police power
n. The inherent power and obligation of a state government or sovereign, usually delegated in part to municipalities, to make whatever laws are appropriate and necessary to maintain public safety and security, morality, health, and propriety, which can neither be surrendered by the legislature nor transferred in toto away from the state. Such power is conferred by the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and is subject to and bound by considerations of due process.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


police power
The authority conferred upon the states by the TENTH AMENDMENT to the U.S. Constitution and which the states delegate to their political subdivisions to enact measures to preserve and protect the safety, health, welfare, and morals of the community.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


police power
The authority conferred upon the states by the tenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution and which the states delegate to their political subdivisions to enact measures to preserve and protect the safety, health, welfare, and morals of the community.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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