in terrorem clause
[in te-rawr-em, -rohr-]
a clause in a will stating that a beneficiary who contests the will shall lose his or her legacy.
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Coordinating Between Independent and Dependent Clauses
You might have seen these terms floating around. Clauses are the building blocks of sentences. They’re groups of related words (phrases) that contain both a subject and a verb. When a clause can stand alone as a complete sentence with a clear meaning, it’s considered independent. If it only makes sense when you join it with another clause, it’s dependent (or subordinate). For example, “in …
Origin of in terrorem clause
From the Latin word in terrōrem into terror, i.e., by intimidation, by way of warning
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