Definition of locus poenitentiae in US English:

locus poenitentiae

(also locus penitentiae, locus paenitentiae)


  • Law. Opportunity to withdraw from an engagement or obligation before it is finalized (so long as a particular step has not been taken); an instance of this.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in James Dalrymple. From post-classical Latin locus poenitentiae opportunity for repentance from classical Latin locus + poenitentiae, genitive of poenitentia.