Chancery meaning

chănsə-rē
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The office or department of a chancellor; a chancellery.
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A division of the High Court of Justice in England and Wales, presided over by the Lord High Chancellor of England.
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A court of equity.
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The laws, practice, and proceedings of a court of equity.
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A court of record; office of public archives.
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(brit.) The political department, or its offices, of an embassy or legation.
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(r.c.ch.) The administrative office of a diocese, under the direction of the bishop.
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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.
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In the United States, a court of equity; equity; proceeding in equity.
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The type of building that houses a diplomatic mission or embassy.
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The type of building that houses the offices and administration of a diocese; the offices of a diocese.
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in chancery
  • in process of litigation in a court of equity
  • in an awkward or helpless situation
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in chancery

Origin of chancery

  • Middle English chancerie alteration of chancelrie chancellery

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French chancellerie, from Late Latin cancellaria, from Latin cancellarius, from cancellus (“lattice”) (English chancel), from cancelli (“grating, bars”) (from which cancel (“cross out (with lines, as in a latticework)”)), from the lattice-work that separated a section of a church or court.

    From Wiktionary

  • See related chancellor and chancellery, and the more distantly related incarcerate (“put behind bars”), from carcer (“prison”).

    From Wiktionary