Law as near(ly) as possible: designating or according to an equitable doctrine for the interpretation of legal instruments having specific terms which cannot be carried out literally, whereby the court attempts to reform the instrument in accordance with the general intent of the settlor, testator, etc. rather than allow it to fail
Origin of cy-presLate Anglo-French from Old French si pres, so nearly from Classical Latin sic, so + presse, adv. of pressus, past participle of premere, press
the cy-pres doctrine
Also written cy pres
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.
Origin of cy presMiddle English from Anglo-Norman cy so, as ( from Latin sīc so ; see sic 1. ) pres near ( from Late Latin pressē close to ) ( from Latin pressus ) ( past participle of premere to press closely ; see press 1. )
Anglo-Norman cy pres, see French ci-près.
cy pres - Legal Definition
As near as. The equitable doctrine that a deed or will whose terms cannot be carried out may be modified by a court so that the intent of the instrument’s maker can be fulfilled as closely as possible.