fideicommissum

noun fi·dei·com·mis·sum \-kəˈmisəm\

Definition of fideicommissum

plural

fideicommissa

\-sə\
  1. 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. 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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