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in terrorem clause

[in te-rawr-em, -rohr-] /ɪn tɛˈrɔr ɛm, -ˈroʊr-/
noun, Law.
a clause in a will stating that a beneficiary who contests the will shall lose his or her legacy.
Origin of in terrorem clause
< Latin in terrōrem into terror, i.e., by intimidation, by way of warning Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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