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

First Known Use of police power

1821, in the meaning defined above

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“Police power.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20power. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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