cy pres

or cy·pres

[see prey]Law.
noun
  1. 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

1475–85; < Anglo-French: literally, as near (compare French si près)
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Historical Examples of cypres

  • 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

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 for cy pres

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