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in loco parentis

[in loh-koh pah-ren-tees; English in loh-koh puh-ren-tis]
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adverb Latin.
  1. in the place or role of a parent.
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British Dictionary definitions for in loco parentis

in loco parentis

  1. in place of a parent: said of a person acting in a parental capacity
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Word Origin and History for in loco parentis

Latin, literally "in the place of a parent" (see parent).

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in loco parentis in Culture

in loco parentis

[(in loh-koh puh-ren-tis)]

To assume the duties and responsibilities of a parent: “Because Jack's parents were out of town, his sister acted in loco parentis and punished him for staying out so late.” From Latin, meaning “in the place of a parent.”

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Note

At one time, colleges and universities acted in loco parentis for their students, but this is no longer true.
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