Definition of cy-pres in English:

cy-pres

Pronunciation /sēˈprā/ /siˈpreɪ/

adverb

Law
  • As near as possible to the testator's or donor's intentions when these cannot be precisely followed.

    • ‘there is no need to apply the bequest cy-pres’

adjective

Law
  • Carried out as near as possible to the testator's or donor's intentions when these cannot be precisely followed.

    • ‘the cy-pres doctrine should not be applied if the testator has manifested a specific charitable intent’

Origin

Early 19th century from a late Anglo-Norman French variant of French si près ‘so near’.