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Posse Comitatus

(Latin). Power of the county. The whole force of the county - that is, all the male members of a county over fifteen, who may be summoned by a sheriff to assist in preventing a riot, the rescue of prisoners, or other unlawful disorders. Clergymen, peers, and the infirm are exempt.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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