• WordNet 3.6
    • n champerty an unethical agreement between an attorney and client that the attorney would sue and pay the costs of the client's suit in return for a portion of the damages awarded "soliciting personal injury cases may constitute champerty"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Champerty Partnership in power; equal share of authority. "Beauté ne sleighte, strengthe ne hardyness,
      Ne may with Venus holde champartye ."
    • Champerty (Law) The prosecution or defense of a suit, whether by furnishing money or personal services, by one who has no legitimate concern therein, in consideration of an agreement that he shall receive, in the event of success, a share of the matter in suit; maintenance with the addition of an agreement to divide the thing in suit. See Maintenance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n champerty In law, a species of maintenance, being a bargain which a person not otherwise interested makes with a plaintiff or defendant to receive a share of the land or other matter in suit in the event of success, the champertor carrying on or assisting to carry on the party's suit or defense at his own expense; the purchase of a suit or the right of suing. Champerty is a punishable offense by common law, and in some jurisdictions by statute.
    • n champerty A partnership in power. Also written champarty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Champerty sham′pėr-ti an illegal bargain whereby the one party is to assist the other in recovering property, and is to share in the proceeds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. champart, field rent, L. campipars,; champ,L. campus,) field + part,L. pars,) share
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Norm. Fr.—L. campi pars, part of the field.


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Associated words: champerty, maintenance.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
It is not, however, champerty to charge the subject-matter of a suit in order to obtain the means of prosecuting it.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various