In terrorem

Classic Language

Definition of In terrorem
The English Definition of this Latin legal phrase is as follows:

 "In order to frighten"

The basic meaning and definition of the Latin legal term "In terrorem" is a warning or threat to sue in order to terrify others, made in the hopes of compelling someone to take action to avoid a long and expensive lawsuit or legal action .

This term is used to describe 'in terrorem letters' from legal representatives regarding intellectual properties such as copyright or trademarks.

In terrorem


Interesting Info about In terrorem
Lawyers or solicitors might use Latin legal terms such as "In terrorem" in their consultations. In addition of the use of 'in terrorem letters' in relation to intellectual property 'in terrorem' clauses might also be added to wills in which a threat of disinheritance is used to discourage recipients from contesting the content of a will.

In terrorem - A logical fallacy
The term is also used to describe a logical fallacy, called an 'argumentum in terrorem' in which an attempt is made to create support for an idea by playing on existing prejudices and fears.

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Sentences & Quotes about "In terrorem"
Legal terms like "In terrorem" are used in courts by lawyers, attorneys and  judges and also feature in famous quotes:

"Honest and peace-loving people shun the Courts and are prepared to suffer loss
rather than fall into a Lawyer's clutches."

Quote by Peter De Noronha

"A countryman between two Lawyers, is like a fish between two cats."
Quote by Benjamin Franklin

"Where there's a will, there's a lawyer"
Quote by Robert Elliott Gonzales


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