parens patriae

Definition of "parens patriae"
  1. A Latin phrase meaning 'parent of the nation', representing the government's authority to look after individuals unable to care for themselves such as children or the disabled
How to use "parens patriae" in a sentence
  1. The judge exercised parens patriae to change the child custody agreement in the best interest of the child.
  2. Under the doctrine of parens patriae, the court reevaluated the child support provisions for the handicapped individual.
  3. The state, exercising its parens patriae role, provided aid to the elderly woman with no living relatives.

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