: in the matter of : concerning, re
often used in the title or name of a law case

Word History



First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of in re was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“In re.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20re. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

in re

: in the matter of
used in the title or name of a case where the proceeding is in rem or quasi in rem and not in personam (as in a matter involving a probate or bankruptcy estate, a guardianship, or an application for laying out a public highway) and occasionally in the title of an ex parte proceeding (as in an application for a writ of habeas corpus)


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