noun, plural fideicommissa [fahy-dee-ahy-kuh-mis-uh] . Civil Law.
a request by a decedent that the heir or legatee to the estate convey a specified part of the estate to another person, or permit another person to enjoy such a part.

1720–30; < Late Latin fideī commissum entrusted to faith, equivalent to fideī, dative singular of fidēs faith + commissum, past participle of committere to commit Unabridged
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fideicommissum (ˌfɪdɪaɪkəˈmɪsəm)
n , pl -sa
civil law a gift of property, usually by will, to be held on behalf of another who cannot receive the gift directly
[C18: from Late Latin: (something) bequeathed in trust, from Latin fidēs trust, faith + committere to entrust]

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