posse

(redirected from posses)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms.

posse

1. US 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)
References in classic literature ?
So it happened, when the posses had begun to penetrate the mountain, and when the man was compelled to make a daylight dash down into the Valley of the Moon to cross over to the mountain fastnesses that lay between it and Napa Valley, that Harley Kennan rode out on the hot-blooded colt he was training.
During the preceding night he had noted the campfires of several posses.
Freely was a man who cared to possess personal virtues, and did not pique himself on his family, though some men would.
The leader of the posse would perhaps have doubted the sincerity of D'Artagnan if the wine had been bad; but the wine was good, and he was convinced.
As the Lakeman's bare head was just level with the planks, the Captain and his posse leaped the barricade, and rapidly drawing over the slide of the scuttle, planted their group of hands upon it, and loudly called for the steward to bring the heavy brass padlock, belonging to the companion-way.
It shall never be said, whilst I am bailiff of Southampton, that any waster, riever, draw-latch or murtherer came scathless away from me and my posse.
The party beneath, now more apparent in the light of the dawn, consisted of our old acquaintances, Tom Loker and Marks, with two constables, and a posse consisting of such rowdies at the last tavern as could be engaged by a little brandy to go and help the fun of trapping a set of niggers.
They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc.
There are mounted posses in about 15 Oregon counties, and they all compete once a year as part of the Oregon Association of Mounted Posses, in what they call the Showdeo, Flores said.
The institution thrives today in the United States; a study of Colorado finds many county sheriffs have active posses.
A essa coexistencia pacifica, decorrente do desdobramento da relacao possessoria, da-se o nome de posses paralelas.
Teachers, principals and community leaders will get to nominate students to become members of the city's inaugural "posses" - groups of students from large, urban districts organized by the Posse Foundation, which sends them to elite colleges and universities as a unit to serve as a pre-established peer support network.