[loh-kuh m tee-nenz, ten-inz]
noun, plural lo·cum te·nen·tes [loh-kuh m tuh-nen-teez] /ˈloʊ kəm təˈnɛn tiz/. Chiefly British.
a temporary substitute, especially for a doctor or member of the clergy.
surrogate, backup, replacement, stand-in, vicar, alternate, deputy, expediency, proxy, stopgap, sub, supply, makeshift, resort, symbol, fill-in, delegate, temporary, relay, assistant
- locus classicus,
- locus in quo,
- locus of control,
- locus sigilli
Origin of locum tenens
First recorded in 1635–45, locum tenens is from the Medieval Latin word locum tenēns holding the place
Also called locum.
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A chief-of-staff is the only man to be the locum-tenens of the commander.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863|Adam Gurowski
noun plural locum tenentes (təˈnɛntiːz)
mainly British a person who stands in temporarily for another member of the same profession, esp for a physician, chemist, or clergymanOften shortened to: locum
Word Origin for locum tenens
C17: Medieval Latin: (someone) holding the place (of another)
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