Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Deceiving by false appearances ; nominal, as distinguished from substantial.
    —Illusory appointment. Formerly the appointment of a merely nominal share of the property to one of the objects of a power, in order to escape the rule that an exclusive appointment could not be made unless it was authorized by the instrument creating the power, was considered illusory and void in equity. But this rule has been abolished in England.. (1 Wm. IV. c. 46; 37 & 38 Viet. c. 37.) Sweet See Ingraham v. Meade, 3 Wall. Jr. 32, 13 Fed. Cas. 50.
    —Illusory appointment aet. The statute 1 Wm. I v. c. 46. This statute enacts that no appointment made after its passing, (July 16. 1830,) in exercise of a power to appoint property, real or personal, among several objects, shall be invalid, or impeached in equity, on the ground that an unsubstantial, illusory, or nominal share only was thereby appointed, or left unappointed, to devolve upon any one or more of the objects of such power; but that the appointment shall be valid In equity, as at law. See, too, 37 & 38 Viet, a 37. Wharton.