in forma pauperis

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

Definition of in forma pauperis 

: as a poor person

First Known Use of in forma pauperis

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for in forma pauperis

Latin, in the form of a pauper

Medieval Latin, in the form of a pauper

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in forma pauperis

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 

: 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

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