cy pres

cy pres

[see prey] Law.
preposition
1.
as near as possible.
noun
2.
the doctrine, applied especially to cases of charitable trusts or donations, that, in place of an impossible or illegal condition, limitation, or object, allows the nearest practicable one to be substituted.
Also, cypres.


Origin:
1475–85; < Anglo-French: literally, as near (compare French si près)

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cy pres (siː ˈpreɪ)
 
n
law the doctrine that the intention of a donor or testator should be carried out as closely as practicable when literal compliance is impossible
 
[C15: from Anglo-French, literally: as near (as possible, etc)]

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