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fideicommissum

[fahy-dee-ahy-kuh-mis-uh m]
noun, plural fi·de·i·com·mis·sa [fahy-dee-ahy-kuh-mis-uh] /ˌfaɪ di aɪ kəˈmɪs ə/. Civil Law.
  1. 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.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for fideicommissum

fideicommissum

noun plural -sa (-sə)
  1. civil law a gift of property, usually by will, to be held on behalf of another who cannot receive the gift directly
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Word Origin for fideicommissum

C18: from Late Latin: (something) bequeathed in trust, from Latin fidēs trust, faith + committere to entrust
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