Meaning of “in loco parentis” in the English Dictionary

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"in loco parentis" in British English

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in loco parentisadjective [ after verb ], adverb

uk /ɪn ˌləʊ.kəʊ pəˈren.tɪs/ us /ɪn ˌloʊ.koʊ pəˈren.t̬ɪs/ formal

being responsible for a child while the child's parents are absent:

While children are in school, teachers are legally in loco parentis.

(Definition of “in loco parentis” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)