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Topic: LAW

Date: 1700-1800
Language: Latin
Origin: 'in the place of a parent'

in loco parentis

adverb
     
in lo‧co pa‧ren‧tis formal or law
SCL having the responsibilities of a parent for someone else's child:
As a teacher, you should regard yourself as being in loco parentis.
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