Legal Definition of in terrorem
: by way of threat or intimidation : serving or intended to threaten or intimidate <overbroad covenants not to compete which have in terrorem effect on employees — J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo>
Additional Notes on in terrorem
In terrorem is most commonly used to describe a condition in a will that threatens an heir with forfeiture if he or she challenges the validity of the will.
Origin and Etymology of in terrorem
Latin, so as to produce terror
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