Definition of In loco parentis
The English Definition of this Latin legal phrase is as follows:
"In the place of a parent"
The basic meaning and definition of the Latin legal term "In loco parentis" refers to a person who has custodial responsibility and authority over a minor although not actually being a parent. This Latin phrase literally means "in place of the parents". The Latin term "In loco parentis" can also be used in legal transfers of guardianship, or most commonly, in the case of schools, colleges or other institutions that act in the place of the parents on a day-to-day basis.