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Definitions of chancery

  1. a court with jurisdiction in equity Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an office of archives for public or ecclesiastic records; a court of public records Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. In the Unites States, a court of equity; equity; proceeding in equity. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A court of equity or justice. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. The highest English court next to the parliament; in the United States a lower court of equity. Also a pugilistic term for the position of an opponent's head when it is under one's arm, so that it may be held and pommelled severely, the victim mean while being unable to retaliate effectively; hence, sometimes figuratively used of an awkward fix or predicament. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. A court of equity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. In England, formerly the highest court of justice next to the parliament, now a division of the high court of justice; a court of equity. To get into chancery, to get into the power of an adversary. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. The high court of equity in England and Ireland presided over by the Lord Chancellor; in Scot., a court for registration of charters, patents of dignity, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for chancery

  1. I am not sure that Herbert, while in this glow, would be ashamed of his letter in print, but this is one of the cases where chancery would step in and protect one from himself by his next friend. – Backlog Studies by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 23, 2009
  2. As we passed through the gateway Thorndyke gave the inspector's message, curtly and without comment, to the gaping porter, and then we issued forth into Chancery Lane. – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
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