posse

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin posse comitatus.

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Noun[edit]

posse ‎(plural posses)

  1. (US) A group of people summoned to help law enforcement
  2. (US) A search party
  3. (US, Jamaica) A criminal gang
  4. (by extension) A group of associates

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Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA: /ˈpɔs.sɛ/

Verb[edit]

posse

  1. present active infinitive of possum  "to be able (to)"

Noun[edit]

posse

  1. power, ability
  2. (scholastic Latin) potentiality, capability of being
  3. (post-classical) force, body of men

References[edit]

  • POSSE in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • posse in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to be scarcely able to restrain one's laughter: risum tenere vix posse
    • (ambiguous) to be scarcely able to restrain one's laughter: risum aegre continere posse
    • (ambiguous) to be hardly able to restrain one's tears: lacrimas tenere non posse
    • (ambiguous) to be hardly able to restrain one's tears: fletum cohibere non posse
    • (ambiguous) to be unable to speak for emotion: prae lacrimis loqui non posse
    • (ambiguous) to be unable to sleep: somnum capere non posse
    • (ambiguous) to have great influence with a person; to have considerable weight: multum auctoritate valere, posse apud aliquem
    • (ambiguous) to have great weight as a speaker: multum dicendo valere, posse
    • (ambiguous) to be unable to say all one wants: verbis non omnia exsequi posse
    • (ambiguous) to have a powerful navy: navibus plurimum posse

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin posse ‎(power, ability).

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Noun[edit]

posse f (plural posses)

  1. possession, land
  2. (uncountable) ownership
  3. (uncountable, politics) command
    • 2015 November 26, São José Almeida, “Cavaco deverá sublinhar desafios ao dar posse a Costa”, in Público[2]:
      No Palácio da Ajuda, tomarão posse todos os membros do Governo, os 17 ministros e os 41 secretários de Estado, numa cerimónia conjunta à imagem do que aconteceu a 30 de Outubro, com o XX Governo, liderado por Pedro Passos Coelho.