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[pos-ee kom-i-tah-tuh s, -tey-] /ˈpɒs i ˌkɒm ɪˈtɑ təs, -ˈteɪ-/

the body of persons that a peace officer of a county is empowered to call upon for assistance in preserving the peace, making arrests, and serving writs.
a body of persons so called into service.
the formal legal term for posse (sense 1)


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