in loco parentis

[ in loh-koh pah-ren-tees; English in loh-koh puh-ren-tis ]
/ ɪn ˈloʊ koʊ pɑˈrɛn tis; English ɪn ˈloʊ koʊ pəˈrɛn tɪs /

adverb Latin.

in the place or role of a parent.
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British Dictionary definitions for in loco parentis

in loco parentis

/ Latin (ɪn ˈləʊkəʊ pəˈrɛntɪs) /

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

in loco parentis


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for in loco parentis

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.”

Note

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