Definition of in loco parentis adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

in loco parentis

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//ɪn ˌləʊkəʊ pəˈrentɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪn ˌloʊkoʊ pəˈrentɪs//
 
(from Latin, formal)
 
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having the same responsibility for a child as a parent has The staff have a position of trust; they stand in loco parentis to all the children for whom they are responsible. Word OriginLatin.
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