Definitions for cy presˈsi ˈpreɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cy pres*ˈsi ˈpreɪ

or cy•pres

  1. (adv.)as near as possible.

    Category: Law

  2. (n.)the doctrine, applied esp. to cases of charitable trusts or donations, that, in place of an impossible or illegal condition or object, allows the nearest practicable one to be substituted.

    Category: Law

* Law..

Origin of cy pres:

1475–85; < AF: as near

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cy pres, rule of cy pres, cy pres doctrine(noun)

    a rule that when literal compliance is impossible the intention of a donor or testator should be carried out as nearly as possible


  1. cy pres(Noun)

    In the law governing charitable trusts, the doctrine that a court may direct the funds of the trust to a best alternative, to be chosen when the original beneficiary is no longer a choice.


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