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
Full Definition of chancery
1 : a record office for public archives or those of ecclesiastical, legal, or diplomatic proceedings
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 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
1 : in litigation in a court of chancery; also : under the superintendence of the lord chancellor <a ward in chancery>
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
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