cy pres doctrine

Definition of "cy pres doctrine"
  1. A principle applied when the original beneficiary of a gift, usually within charitable bequests, is no longer viable, enabling the gift to be redirected to a similar beneficiary in order to adhere as closely as possible to the donor's intent
How to use "cy pres doctrine" in a sentence
  1. When the human rights group mentioned in the will disbanded, the cy pres doctrine allowed the donation to instead be delivered to another organization pursuing similar goals.
  2. The cy pres doctrine was applied to the estate left for a no-longer operational education charity, shifting the endowment towards a similar institution.
  3. Given the extinction of the animal conservation group, under the cy pres doctrine, the trust they were meant to receive was given to a similar organization.

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