in posse

adverb or adjective

in pos·​se
in-ˈpä-sē
: not in actuality : having a potential to exist compare in esse

Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin, in possibility

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Cite this Entry

“In posse.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/in%20posse. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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