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noun, chan·cery \ˈchan(t)-sə-rē, ˈchan(t)s-rē\

Simple Definition of chancery

  • : a government office where public documents are kept

  • : a type of court in the U.S.

  • Chancery : a part of the High Court in England and Wales

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chancery

plural chanceries

  1. 1 :  a record office for public archives or those of ecclesiastical, legal, or diplomatic proceedings

  2. 2 a capitalized :  a high court of equity in England and Wales with common-law functions and jurisdiction over causes in equity b :  a court of equity in the American judicial system c :  the principles and practice of judicial equity

  3. 3 a :  a chancellor's court or office or the building in which it is located b :  the office in which the business of a Roman Catholic diocese is transacted and recorded c :  the office of an embassy :  chancellery 3

in chancery
  1. 1 :  in litigation in a court of chancery; also :  under the superintendence of the lord chancellor <a ward in chancery>

  2. 2 :  in a hopeless predicament

Origin of chancery

Middle English chancerie, alteration of chancelerie chancellery, from Anglo-French, from chanceler

First Known Use: 14th century

Law Dictionary


noun chan·cery \ˈchan-sə-rē\

Legal Definition of chancery

  1. 1 capitalized :  the court having equity jurisdiction in England and Wales and presided over by the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain Editor's note: Formerly a separate court, the Chancery is now a division of the Supreme Court of Judicature in England.

  2. 2a :  court of equity <cases decided in chancery> b :  the principles and practice of judicial equity <court of chancery> — see also equity — compare law

Additional Notes on chancery

There are chancery courts in Arkansas, Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Tennessee.

Origin of chancery

Middle English chauncery, alteration of chancellerie chancellor's office

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