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in forma pauperis

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adjective or adverb in for·ma pau·pe·ris \ˌin-ˈfȯr-mə-ˈpȯ-pə-rəs, -ˈpau̇-\

Definition of in forma pauperis

  1. :  as a poor person



Origin of in forma pauperis

Latin, in the form of a pauper


First Known Use: 1592


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in forma pauperis

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adjective or adverb in for·ma pau·pe·ris \ˌin-ˈfȯr-mə-ˈpȯ-pə-rəs, -ˈfȯr-mä-ˈpau̇-pe-rēs\

Legal Definition of in forma pauperis

  1. :  as a poor person :  relieved of the fees and costs of a legal action because of inability to pay <allowed to file an appeal in forma pauperis> <in forma pauperis status>



Origin of in forma pauperis

Medieval Latin, in the form of a pauper


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