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So as to prevent a probable future injury.
Of an action, injunction, bill, etc.: brought or granted so as to prevent a probable future injury.
The principle by which an action, injunction, bill, etc., may be brought or granted quia timet; a quia timet action, injunction, bill, etc.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Coke (1552–1634), lawyer, legal writer, and politician. From classical Latin quia because + timet, third person singular present indicative of timēre to fear. The phrase quia timet was probably used earlier in post-classical Latin, but this has not been traced.
quia timet/ˈkwiːə ˈtɪmɛt/
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