a temporary substitute, especially for a doctor or member of the clergy.
- Also called, British, lo·cum [loh-kuhm] /ˈloʊ kəm/ .
- lo·cum-te·nen·cy [loh-kuhm-tee-nuhn-see, -ten-uhn-], /ˌloʊ kəmˈti nən si, -ˈtɛn ən-/, noun
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How to use locum tenens in a sentence
If there was no son capable, the state put in a locum tenens, but granted one-third to the wife to maintain herself and children.
Stibbler, stib′lėr, n. one who cuts the handfuls left by the reaper: a clerical locum tenens.
A young clergyman, recently come from England as locum tenens to an absent vicar, was then at Manly Beach with his wife.Six Letters From the Colonies | Robert Seaton
A locum tenens had previously received two guineas a week, now he received eight, nine, or even twelve.The Annual Register 1914 | Anonymous
Sir W. Robertson thereupon called me in to act as locum tenens.Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918 | Sir Stanley Maude
British Dictionary definitions for locum tenens
mainly British a person who stands in temporarily for another member of the same profession, esp for a physician, chemist, or clergyman: Often shortened to: locum
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