police power

noun
Updated on: 9 Jan 2018

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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1821


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see power 2a

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