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[fahy-dee-ahy-kuh-mis-uh m] /ˌfaɪ di aɪ kəˈmɪs əm/
noun, plural fideicommissa
[fahy-dee-ahy-kuh-mis-uh] /ˌfaɪ di aɪ kəˈmɪs ə/ (Show IPA).
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.
Origin of fideicommissum
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for fideicommissum


noun (pl) -sa (-sə)
(civil law) a gift of property, usually by will, to be held on behalf of another who cannot receive the gift directly
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin: (something) bequeathed in trust, from Latin fidēs trust, faith + committere to entrust
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