chancery

noun
chan·​cery | \ˈchan(t)-sə-rē, 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

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The mandate affects all civil cases, including those in the law, chancery, domestic violence and probate divisions, said Jalyne Strong, chief public information officer for the clerk’s office. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "After months of delay, Cook County begins first day of electronic filing for civil cases," 2 July 2018 The case is still working its way through Delaware chancery court. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla closes a dozen solar installation centers as part of recent layoffs," 22 June 2018 The Tennessee Historical Commission, the state Capitol Commission and a chancery court would still have to approve of the bill. CBS News, "James K. Polk's remains should be moved again, Tennessee Legislature says," 11 Apr. 2018 The Tennessee Historical Commission, the state Capitol Commission and a chancery court would still have to approve of the bill. CBS News, "James K. Polk's remains should be moved again, Tennessee Legislature says," 11 Apr. 2018 The Tennessee Historical Commission, the state Capitol Commission and a chancery court would still have to approve of the bill. CBS News, "James K. Polk's remains should be moved again, Tennessee Legislature says," 11 Apr. 2018 The Tennessee Historical Commission, the state Capitol Commission and a chancery court would still have to approve of the bill. CBS News, "James K. Polk's remains should be moved again, Tennessee Legislature says," 11 Apr. 2018 The Tennessee Historical Commission, the state Capitol Commission and a chancery court would still have to approve of the bill. CBS News, "James K. Polk's remains should be moved again, Tennessee Legislature says," 11 Apr. 2018 The Tennessee Historical Commission, the state Capitol Commission and a chancery court would still have to approve of the bill. CBS News, "James K. Polk's remains should be moved again, Tennessee Legislature says," 11 Apr. 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners 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

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.

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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