in terrorem clause

Definition of "in terrorem clause"
  1. A provision in a contract or will designed to discourage someone from violating its terms by threatening a severe penalty—like disinheritance
How to use "in terrorem clause" in a sentence
  1. To deter any legal contest, the wealthy man added an in terrorem clause to his will.
  2. The in terrorem clause in the contract made the employees think twice before breaching it.
  3. Because of the in terrorem clause, she didn't dare challenge her grandfather's will.

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