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police power

noun

Definition of POLICE POWER

:  the inherent power of a government to exercise reasonable control over persons and property within its jurisdiction in the interest of the general security, health, safety, morals, and welfare except where legally prohibited
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First Known Use of POLICE POWER

1827

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