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cy pres(sē′ prā′)
The doctrine that permits the terms of a charitable trust to be modified to achieve a purpose close to the donor's original intent where the original purpose cannot be legally or practically achieved.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman : cy, so, as (from Latin sīc, so; see sic1) + pres, near (from Late Latin pressē, close to, from Latin pressus, past participle of premere, to press closely; see press1).]
cy pres(siː ˈpreɪ) or
(Law) law the doctrine that the intention of a donor or testator should be carried out as closely as practicable when literal compliance is impossible
[C15: from Anglo-French, literally: as near (as possible, etc)]
or cy•pres(ˈsi ˈpreɪ)
1. as near as possible.n.
2. the doctrine, applied esp. to cases of charitable trusts or donations, that, in place of an impossible or illegal condition or object, allows the nearest practicable one to be substituted.
[1475–85; < Anglo-French: as near]
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