Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

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  • noun law In the law governing charitable trusts, the doctrine that a court may direct the funds of the trust to a best alternative, to be chosen when the original beneficiary is no longer a choice.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman : cy, so, as (from Latin sīc, so; see sic) + pres, near (from Late Latin pressē, close to, from Latin pressus, past participle of premere, to press closely; see press).]

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Anglo-Norman cy pres, see French ci-près.

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