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champerty

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noun cham·per·ty \ˈcham-pər-tē\

Definition of champerty

  1. :  a proceeding by which a person not a party in a suit bargains to aid in or carry on its prosecution or defense in consideration of a share of the matter in suit

cham·per·tous play \-pər-təs\ adjective


Origin of champerty

Middle English champartie, from Anglo-French, from champart share in litigious property, from champ field (from Latin campus) + part portion — more at part


First Known Use: 15th century


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