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Dictionary Definition

posse n : a temporary police force [syn: posse comitatus]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Medieval posse comitatus


  • italbrac RP /ˈpɒsɪ/


  1. A group of people summoned to help law enforcement
  2. A search party
  3. A criminal gang
  4. In the context of "by extension": A group of associates


A group of people summoned to help law enforcement
A search party
A criminal gang
A group of associates



  1. be able, can
    Tunc, modo edere non potuit.
    At that time, he just could not eat.
    Possum Latine loqui.
    I can speak Latin.
    Potesne mihi succurrere, quaeso?
    Can you help me please?
    Si probare possemus Ligarium in Āfricā omnino non fuisse.
    If we could prove that Ligarius was not at all in Africa.


Irregular conjugation.


Present: potēns


Present: posse
Perfect: potuisse

Derived terms


Extensive Definition

Posse may refer to:

See also

posse in German: Posse (Begriffsklärung)
posse in Portuguese: Posse (desambiguação)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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