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cy pres

or cypres

[see prey] /ˈsi ˈpreɪ/ 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.
Origin of cy pres
1475-1485
1475-85; < Anglo-French: literally, as near (compare French si près)
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  • To whom Saladine answered: we be marchaunts of cypres trauailing to Paris, about our businesse.

    The Palace of Pleasure William Painter
British Dictionary definitions for cypres

cy pres

/siː ˈpreɪ/
noun
1.
(law) the doctrine that the intention of a donor or testator should be carried out as closely as practicable when literal compliance is impossible
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-French, literally: as near (as possible, etc)
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