chancery

noun
chan·​cery | \ ˈchan(t)-sə-rē How to pronounce chancery (audio) , ˈchan(t)s-rē \
plural chanceries

Definition of chancery

1 : a record office for public archives or those of ecclesiastical, legal, or diplomatic proceedings
2a 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
3a : 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 sense 3
in chancery
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

Examples of chancery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wiseman's attorneys will be in a Tennessee chancery court before the same judge who granted the temporary restraining order. Teresa M. Walker, orlandosentinel.com, "Memphis, James Wiseman have 1 more game before eligibility debate goes back to court," 14 Nov. 2019 Wiseman's attorneys will be in a Tennessee chancery court before the same judge who granted the temporary restraining order. Teresa M. Walker, orlandosentinel.com, "Memphis, James Wiseman have 1 more game before eligibility debate goes back to court," 14 Nov. 2019 Wiseman's attorneys will be in a Tennessee chancery court before the same judge who granted the temporary restraining order. Teresa M. Walker, orlandosentinel.com, "Memphis, James Wiseman have 1 more game before eligibility debate goes back to court," 14 Nov. 2019 The Vatican has been under increasing pressure to cooperate more with law enforcement, and its failure to do so has resulted in unprecedented raids in recent years on diocesan chanceries by police from Belgium to Texas to Chile. Fox News, "Pope Francis lifts 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases used to protect pedophiles, silence victims," 18 Dec. 2019 The Vatican has been under increasing pressure to cooperate more with law enforcement, and its failure to do so has resulted in unprecedented raids in recent years on diocesan chanceries by police from Belgium to Texas and Chile. NBC News, "Pope abolishes 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases," 17 Dec. 2019 Wiseman's attorneys will be in a Tennessee chancery court before the same judge who granted the temporary restraining order. Teresa M. Walker, orlandosentinel.com, "Memphis, James Wiseman have 1 more game before eligibility debate goes back to court," 14 Nov. 2019 Wiseman's attorneys will be in a Tennessee chancery court before the same judge who granted the temporary restraining order. Teresa M. Walker, orlandosentinel.com, "Memphis, James Wiseman have 1 more game before eligibility debate goes back to court," 14 Nov. 2019 Wiseman's attorneys will be in a Tennessee chancery court before the same judge who granted the temporary restraining order. Teresa M. Walker, orlandosentinel.com, "Memphis, James Wiseman have 1 more game before eligibility debate goes back to court," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of chancery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chancery

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

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“Chancery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chancery. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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chancery

noun
How to pronounce chancery (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chancery

: a government office where public documents are kept
: a type of court in the U.S.
: a part of the High Court in England and Wales

chancery

noun
chan·​cery | \ ˈchan-sə-rē How to pronounce chancery (audio) \

Legal Definition of chancery

1 capitalized : the court having equity jurisdiction in England and Wales and presided over by the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain

Note: Formerly a separate court, the Chancery is now a division of the Supreme Court of Judicature in England.

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

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

History and Etymology for chancery

Middle English chauncery, alteration of chancellerie chancellor's office

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