posse comitatus


posse comitatus
'the power of the county'. The sheriff was able to call together able-bodied men to keep the peace. The institution transplanted to the USA, thence into ordinary parlance: 'round up a posse'.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


posse comitatus
(pah-see kom-i-tah-tuhs) Latin for "power of the county." The power of the sheriff to call upon any able-bodied citizens to help keep the peace or apprehend a criminal.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


posse comitatus
n. Latin Power of the county.
1 A sheriff may summon citizens to assist him in making an arrest; hence posse in the traditional Old West sense.
2 A federal statute prohibiting the Army and Air Force from direct participation in civilian law-enforcement activities.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


posse comitatus
(Latin: Power of the county.)
Referred at common law to all males over the age of fifteen on whom a sheriff could call for assistance in preventing any type of civil disorder.

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


posse comitatus
[Latin, Power of the county.] Referred at common law to all males over the age of fifteen on whom a sheriff could call for assistance in preventing any type of civil disorder.

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

posse comitatus
[pahs-see coh-mitt-tah-tus]
n.
   from Latin for "possible force," the power of the sheriff to call upon any able- bodied adult men (and presumably women) in the county to assist him in apprehending a criminal. The assembled group is called a posse for short.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • posse comitatus — The body of men summoned by a sheriff or other peace officer to assist him in making an arrest. Better known in modern usage as a posse. See posse …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • posse comitatus —    (PAH see koh mee TAH tus) [Latin: posse of the county] A group of men called together by a sheriff or peace officer to assist in making arrests, stopping a riot, etc …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • posse comitatus — noun a temporary police force • Syn: ↑posse • Hypernyms: ↑police, ↑police force, ↑constabulary, ↑law • Member Meronyms: ↑posseman …   Useful english dictionary

  • Posse comitatus — Lit. force of the county . The early English institution consisting of a shire s able bodied citizens, who would be summoned to help a *sheriff or other officer of the law in maintaining public order, or chasing felons and such like. Cf. County …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases


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