Definition of quia timet in US English:

quia timet

adverb

Law
  • So as to prevent a probable future injury.

adjective

Law
  • Of an action, injunction, bill, etc.: brought or granted so as to prevent a probable future injury.

noun

Law
  • The principle by which an action, injunction, bill, etc., may be brought or granted quia timet; a quia timet action, injunction, bill, etc.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

quia timet

/ˈkwiːə ˈtɪmɛt/