in terrorem clause

[in te-rawr-em, -rohr-]

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

From the Latin word in terrōrem into terror, i.e., by intimidation, by way of warning Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019