• WordNet 3.6
    • n chancery an office of archives for public or ecclesiastic records; a court of public records
    • n chancery a court with jurisdiction in equity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chancery In England, formerly, the highest court of judicature next to the Parliament, exercising jurisdiction at law, but chiefly in equity; but under the jurisdiction act of 1873 it became the chancery division of the High Court of Justice, and now exercises jurisdiction only in equity.
    • Chancery In the Unites States, a court of equity; equity; proceeding in equity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chancery Originally, the office of a chancellor, notary, or secretary, where the records were kept and official documents were prepared, sealed, and despatched.
    • n chancery In England, formerly, the highest court of justice next to Parliament, presided over by the lord chancellor, but since 1873 a division of the High Court of Justice It once consisted of two distinct tribunals—one ordinary, or legal; the other extraordinary, or a court of equity.
    • n chancery In Scotland, an office in the general register-house at Edinburgh, in which are recorded charters, patents of dignities, gifts of office, remissions, legitimations, and all other writs appointed to pass the great or the quarter seal. Also chancellery.
    • n chancery In the United States, a court of equity. See equity.
    • n chancery In pugilism, the position of a boxer's head when it is under his adversary's arm, so that it may be held and pommeled severely, the victim meanwhile being unable to retaliate effectively: in the phrase in chancery. So called because of its supposed resemblance to the position of a suitor among the chancery lawyers.
    • n chancery In an awkward predicament.
    • n chancery See 5, above.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chancery chan′sėr-i formerly the highest court of justice next to the House of Lords, presided over by the Lord High Chancellor—now a division of the High Court of Justice: a court of record generally: :
    • n Chancery chan′sėr-i (slang) the position of a boxer's head when under his adversary's arm
    • n Chancery chan′sėr-i (obs.) the office of a chancellor or ambassador
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. chancellerie, LL. cancellaria, from L. cancellarius,. See Chancellor, and cf. Chancellery
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. chancellerie.


In literature:

I shall take action, and throw it into chancery.
"The Dark House" by Georg Manville Fenn
They failed, it seems, and broke-down, endeavoring to reform the Court of Chancery!
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
Mr. R. Torrens had his attention drawn to this very unsatisfactory state of things by the ruin of one of his relatives in a Chancery suit.
"History of Australia and New Zealand" by Alexander Sutherland
The heart of the story is a Chancery suit.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Therefore I see nothing at all to the credit of Chancery in these cases, but everything to its discredit.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
In January and February and March he did great things in Chancery.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
But the Court of Chancery took that reasonable view of the case which, as it frequently happens, is directly opposed to the view-sentimental.
"Peter and Jane" by S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
Cash-Payment: The Plugson Ledger, and the Tablets of Heaven's Chancery, discrepant exceedingly.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
They pray a writ of subpoena to be directed to John Lambert to appear in the Court of Chancery.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
This last amount, eleven thousand, had been due for over six years from an estate, but had been kept back by the delays of the Chancery Court.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson

In news:

Hamilton County chancery court judge postpones hearing for Myles Stout on alleged harassment.
Chancery Court Takes its Case for Arbitration to the Third Circuit.
Court denies AG's motion to remand Entergy case to Chancery .
'Radnor Lake Rambo' sees state suit shot down in chancery court.
Criminal Law and the Chancery.
A deed will be drawn up soon for the recently purchased Littlejohn Law Firm office building, located at 108 and 110 East Main Street, across the street from the Chancery Court building.
The agreement, reached yesterday in the Davidson County Chancery Court in Nashville, Tenn.
The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors will hold a forum Wednesday at 5:15 pm on the Lafayette County Chancery Building.
Court denies AG's motion to remand Entergy case to Chancery.
Served as interim chancery court judge in 1996 by appointment of the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Chancellor Leo Strine, chief judge of the Delaware Court of Chancery, is scheduled to hear arguments from Vulcan Materials and Martin Marietta Materials Tuesday on the use of confidential information related to an unsolicited takeover offer.
If a candidate decides they want to challenge the results they will have to retain a lawyer and file with the Chancery Court of Robertson County by that date.
A decision by the Court of Chancery had mandated reductions of 6 percent in each of the filings for 2008, 2009, and 2010.
"As has been noted in prior DCRB filings , effective with this December 1, 2012 DCRB filing , no further reductions are required pertaining to the Court of Chancery decision," the filing says.
Beck, a Jellico resident, filed the Ouster suit in Campbell County Chancery Court last week.