Precatory words


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(Law) words of recommendation, request, entreaty, wish, or expectation, employed in wills, as distinguished from express directions; - in some cases creating a trust.
- Jarman.

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(149) Courts have generally recognized that an absolute gift of property will not be diminished to a lesser estate if it is followed by precatory words. (150) For example, if a gift is made to "A" in fee simple, courts will be inclined to find precatory words to have no legal effect.
(200.) See BOGERT, ET AL., supra note 10, at 90 (explaining that an absolute gift of property will not normally be diminished to a lesser estate if it is followed by precatory words).