in terrorem

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Intimidating. The doctrine of in terrorem applies to conditions attached to gifts of personal property in wills or elsewhere. Such conditions are in terrorem if it is apparent that the donor does not really intend the recipient to lose the gift, but is merely making an idle threat; for example, when a donor makes a gift subject to a condition against marriage without another person's consent but does not make provision for the disposal of the gift if the recipient does not comply with the condition. Such conditions are void.

Subjects: Law.

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