chevisance

noun
chev·i·sance | \ˈshevəsən(t)s, -zən-\
plural -s

Definition of chevisance 

1 archaic : undertaking, enterprise especially : chivalrous enterprise or prowess : chivalry

2 : an unlawful transaction or contract especially : a transaction intended to evade the statutes against usury

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History and Etymology for chevisance

Middle English chevisaunce achievement, resource, supply, booty (whence by misunderstanding the meaning “enterprise”), from Middle French chevisance, from Old French, from chevir to come to an end, perform, from chief head

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