cy pres

or cy·pres

[ see -prey ]
/ ˈsi ˈpreɪ /
Law.

preposition

as near as possible.

noun

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.

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Origin of cy pres

1475–85; <Anglo-French: literally, as near (compare French si près)
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Example sentences from the Web for cy pres

  • 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 cy pres

cy pres
/ (siː ˈpreɪ) /

noun

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 for cy pres

C15: from Anglo-French, literally: as near (as possible, etc)
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