Definition of in loco parentis in English:

in loco parentis

Pronunciation /ˌin ˌlōkō pəˈrentəs/ /ˌɪn ˌloʊkoʊ pəˈrɛntəs/


  • (with reference to a teacher or other adult responsible for children) in the place of a parent.

    ‘he was used to acting in loco parentis’
    • ‘I’m here in a sort of in loco parentis capacity because I want the judge to see that there are grown-ups who care.’
    • ‘Moreover, in their in loco parentis capacity, universities encourage students to avail themselves of a wide variety of academic, social, and health services.’


  • Acting or done in the place of a parent.

    • ‘they adhered to an in loco parentis approach when dealing with students’