[ fahy-dee-ahy-kuh-mis-uh m ]
/ ˌfaɪ di aɪ kəˈmɪs əm /

noun, plural fi·de·i·com·mis·sa [fahy-dee-ahy-kuh-mis-uh] /ˌfaɪ di aɪ kəˈmɪs ə/. Civil Law.

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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for fideicommissum


/ (ˌfɪdɪaɪkəˈmɪsəm) /

noun plural -sa (-sə)

civil law a gift of property, usually by will, to be held on behalf of another who cannot receive the gift directly

Word Origin for fideicommissum

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