Pronunciation: (sē' prā'), [key] Law.
1. as near as possible.
2. the doctrine, applied esp. to cases of charitable trusts or donations, that, in place of an impossible or illegal condition, limitation, or object, allows the nearest practicable one to be substituted. Also,cy'pres'.
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