\pəɹˈɛnz pˈatɹɪˌiː], \pəɹˈɛnz pˈatɹɪˌiː], \p_ə_ɹ_ˈɛ_n_z p_ˈa_t_ɹ_ɪ__ˌiː]\
Definitions of PARENS PATRIAE
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i) It is the right held by the court to take a reasonable decision on the part of a person who is unable to make one for himself. Usually, such people suffer from disabilities, rendering it impossible for them to make the right decision. Ii) The right withheld by the court to begin prosecuting a case on behalf of a legal, disabled citizen.
By Henry Campbell Black
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- Regular instituted 1120, St. Norbert (whence Norbertines), at Premonstratum [L. , pointed out, it was said, by the Virgin], in Picardy. They were also called White Canons, from colour of their dress.