cy pres

1 of 2

noun

: a rule providing for the interpretation of instruments in equity as nearly as possible in conformity to the intention of the testator when literal construction is illegal, impracticable, or impossible

called also cy pres doctrine

cy pres

2 of 2

adverb

: in accordance with the rule of cy pres

Word History

Etymology

Noun

Anglo-French, so near, as near (as may be)

First Known Use

Noun

1802, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cy pres was in 1802

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Cite this Entry

“Cy pres.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cy%20pres. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

cy pres

1 of 2 noun
: a rule in the law of trusts and estates that provides for the interpretation of instruments as nearly as possible in conformity with the intention of the testator when literal construction is illegal, impracticable, or impossible

cy pres

2 of 2 adverb
: in accordance with the rule of cy pres
Etymology

Noun

Anglo-French, as near (as possible)

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