Definition of IN TERROREM


IN TERROREM

By way of threat, terror, or warning. For example,
when a legacy is given to a person upo condition not to dispute
the validity or the dispositions in wills and testaments, the
conditions are not in general obligatory, but only in terrorem; if,
therefore, there exist probabilis causa litigandi, the
non-observance of the conditions will not be a forfeiture. 2 Vern.
90; 1 Hill. Ab. 253; 3 P. Wms. 344; 1 Atk. 404. But when the
acquiescence of the legatee appears to be a material ingredient in
the gift, the bequest is only quousque the legatee shall refrain
from disturbing the will. 2 P. Wms. 52; 2 Ventr. 352. For cases of
legacies given to a wife while she shall continue unmarried, see 1
Madd. R. 590; 1 Rop. Leg. 558.

Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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