In Terrorem Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term In Terrorem.

In Terrorem (phrase)

An in terrorem term is a Latin phrase meaning "in fear" or "as a threat or warning". This is often used in a legal context to describe a clause or statement in a contract or a will, made to maintain the proper behavior or prevent violations by imposing a penalty for those who would disregard, disobey, or challenge the terms.