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posse

  

      n  
1      (U.S.)   short for posse comitatus, the able-bodied men of a district assembled together and forming a group upon whom the sheriff may call for assistance in maintaining law and order  
2      (Law)   possibility (esp. in the phrase in posse)  
3    Slang   a Jamaican street gang in the U.S.  
4    Informal   a group of friends or associates  
     (C16: from Medieval Latin (n): power, strength, from Latin (vb): to be able, have power)  


in posse  
      adj   possible; potential  
   Compare       in esse  
     (Latin, literally: in possibility)  
posse comitatus  
      n      the formal legal term for       posse       1  
     (Medieval Latin: strength (manpower) of the county)  
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