Definition of fideicommissum
1 : a gift under Roman law of property stipulated by the donor to be transferred by the donee at a given time or upon a stated condition to a third person for his benefit and made between living persons in contemplation of death or by will
2 : the substantial equivalent of a gift to a donee under civil law upon a trust created to transfer the property to another — compare substitution
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Origin and Etymology of fideicommissum
Late Latin, from neuter of fideicommissus, past participle of fideicommittere to bequeath in trust, from fidei (genitive of fides faith, trust) + committere to connect, entrust
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