fidei commissum

fi·​dei com·​mis·​sum | \ ˈfī-dē-ˌā-kə-ˈmi-səm, ˈfē-dā-ˌē-kȯ-ˈmē-su̇m \
plural fidei commissa\ -​sə, -​sä \

Legal Definition of fidei commissum

in the civil law of Louisiana : a gift (as by will) of property in which a person is invested with title and which the person is directed to convey to another person or to make a particular disposition of — compare substitution

Note: Fidei commissa are prohibited by the Louisiana Civil Code.

History and Etymology for fidei commissum

Latin fidei commissum, from neuter past participle of fideicommittere to bequeath (a thing) with the request that it be delivered to a third person, from fidei, dative of fides trust + committere to place in the hands of, entrust

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“Fidei commissum.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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