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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chancery  \Chan"cer*y\,  n.  [F.  chancellerie  LL  cancellaria 
  from  L.  cancellarius  See  {Chancellor},  and  cf 
  {Chancellery}.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  In  the  Unites  States,  a  court  of  equity;  equity; 
  proceeding  in  equity. 
 
  Note:  A  court  of  chancery,  so  far  as  it  is  a  court  of  equity, 
  in  the  English  and  American  sense  may  be  generally,  if 
  not  precisely,  described  as  one  having  jurisdiction  in 
  cases  of  rights,  recognized  and  protected  by  the 
  municipal  jurisprudence,  where  a  plain,  adequate,  and 
  complete  remedy  can  not  be  had  in  the  courts  of  common 
  law.  In  some  of  the  American  States,  jurisdiction  at 
  law  and  in  equity  centers  in  the  same  tribunal.  The 
  courts  of  the  United  States  also  have  jurisdiction  both 
  at  law  and  in  equity,  and  in  all  such  cases  they 
  exercise  their  jurisdiction,  as  courts  of  law,  or  as 
  courts  of  equity,  as  the  subject  of  adjudication  may 
  require.  In  others  of  the  American  States,  the  courts 
  that  administer  equity  are  distinct  tribunals,  having 
  their  appropriate  judicial  officers,  and  it  is  to  the 
  latter  that  the  appellation  courts  of  chancery  is 
  usually  applied;  but  in  American  law,  the  terms  equity 
  and  court  of  equity  are  more  frequently  employed  than 
  the  corresponding  terms  chancery  and  court  of  chancery. 
  --Burrill. 
 
  {Inns  of  chancery}.  See  under  {Inn}. 
 
  {To  get  (or  to  hold)  In  chancery}  (Boxing),  to  get  the  head 
  of  an  antagonist  under  one's  arm,  so  that  one  can  pommel 
  it  with  the  other  fist  at  will  hence  to  have  wholly  in 
  One's  power.  The  allusion  is  to  the  condition  of  a  person 
  involved  in  the  chancery  court,  where  he  was  helpless, 
  while  the  lawyers  lived  upon  his  estate. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chancery 
  n  1:  a  court  with  jurisdiction  in  equity  [syn:  {court  of  chancery}] 
  2:  an  office  of  archives  for  public  or  ecclesiastic  records;  a 
  court  of  public  records 




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