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posse

noun arm of the law, armed band, band, band of armed men, band of men armed with legal authority, body of men armed with legal process, body of men summoned by a sheriff, civilian police, custodians of the law, detachment of police, detail, force armed with legal authority, group of deputies, group of persons organized with legal authorization, law enforcement body
See also: possibility

POSSE. This word is used substantively to signify a possibility. For example, such a thing is in posse, that is, such a thing may possibly be; when the thing is in being, the phrase to express it is, in esse. (q.v.)

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Unbeknownst to him, Gladden had been nominated to the Posse Foundation, which would place him with a school and help provide him with tuition money.
Richard Abels, a modern historian of the Anglo-Saxon period, reports that "[t]he reeves of the late ninth and the early tenth century also led posses in pursuit of thieves.
In the fall of 2013, 10-student posses will be sent from Houston to three institutions of higher education: Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas.
After a brief safety lesson, Sergio set off to groom his horse, Briscoe, a member of the Santa Clarita Valley Mounted Sheriff's Posse.
He said he never would've dropped out of college if he had his posse with him," Bial recalled.
Chalmers identifies "a loose, violent white supremacist network of cults, compounds, tax resisters, constitutionalists, churches, racists, nativists, anti-Semites, Nazis, paramilitary training camps, posses, militias, survivalists, bombers, bank robbers, skinheads, and millenialists as well as the bedraggled and depleted legions of Klansmen and Klanswomen" (163-64).
We are excited to now posses a prestigious Fifth Avenue address and are very excited to be expanding in New York.
Built on Mobile Posses active homescreen platform, the New Handset Owner Research Program enables leading carriers and device makers to recruit mobile subscribers through mobile homescreen interactive messages and surveys.
The Posse Foundation has announced that it is doubling the number of colleges and universities committed to supporting STEM Posses, bringing the total number of toptier Posse STEM partners to 10.
Three Miami-Dade Posses of 10 members each will attend the University of Pennsylvania, Hamilton College and Mount Holyoke College, all with scholarships worth up to $200,000 each.
Posses help prevent crime because riders are sitting up on that high vantage point, said Peter Burnstein, who oversees the seven posses, 30 sworn officers and 100 civilian volunteers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The fuckers are only jealous, of the power we posses.