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in loco parentis

adverb in lo·co pa·ren·tis \ in-ˈlō-kō-pə-ˈren-təs \

Definition of in loco parentis

: in the place of a parent
  • school officials acting in loco parentis

Origin and Etymology of in loco parentis

Latin


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in loco parentis

noun

Definition of in loco parentis

: regulation or supervision by an administrative body (as at a university) acting in loco parentis

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First Known Use of in loco parentis

1968


IN LOCO PARENTIS Defined for English Language Learners

in loco parentis

adverb

Definition of in loco parentis for English Language Learners

  • law : in the place of a parent


Law Dictionary

in loco parentis

adverb in lo·co pa·ren·tis \ in-ˈlō-kō-pə-ˈren-tis \

legal Definition of in loco parentis

: in the place of a parent
  • either parent of a minor, guardian, or a person standing in loco parentis to the minor
  • Code of Alabama
Note: In order for a person to be considered in loco parentis, he or she must have intentionally assumed the rights and duties of a parent.

Origin and Etymology of in loco parentis

Latin


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