Charitable Use Law and Legal Definition

Charitable use refers to a use for the benevolent, educational, or religious purposes or for the ultimate benefit or betterment of the public or some significant portion thereof.

The supreme test of a charitable use is that it is public and for indefinite beneficiaries, personae incertae. If for definite persons, it is not a charitable use. [In re Cunningham's Will, 76 Misc. 120, 121-122 (N.Y. Sur. Ct. 1912)].