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  • n. cypress

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rule for construing written instruments so as to conform as nearly to the intention of the parties as is consistent with law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, as near as practicable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rule that when literal compliance is impossible the intention of a donor or testator should be carried out as nearly as possible

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