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1 a : far removed in space, time, or relation [ancestors of a more degree]
b : exceeding the time allowed under the rule against perpetuities for the vesting of interests [the residuary clause…violates the rule against vesting "Estate of Grove, 70 Cal. App. 3d 355 (1977)"]
: being in violation of the rule against perpetuities [a contingent estate]
2 : acting, acted on, or controlled indirectly or from a distance
3 a : not proximate or acting directly
b : not arising from the effect of that which is proximate
4 : small in degree [a possibility of paternity]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.