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chancery

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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

Full Definition of chancery

plural chan·cer·ies

  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


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