cy pres doctrine

noun

Definition of cy pres doctrine

  1. :  the doctrine in the law of charities whereby when it becomes impossible, impracticable, or illegal to carry out the particular purpose of the donor a scheme will be framed by a court or under prerogative powers of a sovereign to carry out the general intention by applying the gift to charitable purposes that are closely related or similar to the original purposes

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Origin and Etymology of cy pres doctrine

Anglo-French cy pres as near, so near


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