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in terrorem clause

[in te-rawr-em, -rohr-]
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noun Law.
  1. a clause in a will stating that a beneficiary who contests the will shall lose his or her legacy.
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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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