Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In civil law, a trust. It originated in a devise by which property was left to one who was to use it for the benefit of, or give it to, another who was incapable of taking it by the will. It is said to be the origin of the trusts and uses of the common law.
- Latin fides (“faith”) + commissus (past participle of committo ("to combine / hold together")). (Wiktionary)
“According to the Roman law, one who became heir or legates with the condition of a fideicommissum”
“[Footnote 261: For _fideicommissum_.] [Footnote 262: Augustine Herrman did not die till 1686.”
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