chancery

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

Definition of chancery

plural chanceries
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
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

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Origin and Etymology of chancery

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


CHANCERY Defined for English Language Learners

chancery

noun

Definition of chancery for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Law Dictionary

chancery

noun chan·cery \ ˈchan-sə-rē \

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.
2 a :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.

Origin and Etymology of chancery

Middle English chauncery, alteration of chancellerie chancellor's office


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