Champerty Cham"per*ty, n. [F. champart field rent, L. campipars; champ (L. campus) field + part (L. pars) share.] 1. Partnership in power; equal share of authority. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Beaut['e] ne sleighte, strengthe ne hardyness, Ne may with Venus holde champartye. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. (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}. [1913 Webster]

Note: By many authorities champerty is defined as an agreement of this nature. From early times the offence of champerty has been forbidden and punishable. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • champerty — [ tʃampəti] noun Law an illegal agreement in which a person with no previous interest in a lawsuit finances it with a view to sharing the disputed property if the suit succeeds. Derivatives champertous adjective Origin ME: from Anglo Norman Fr.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Champerty — ♦ A procedure by which a person having no legal concern in a suit promises aid or influence to one party in return for a share of the matter in the suit, if successful; usually linked with maintenance. (Hogue, Arthur R. Origins of the Common Law …   Medieval glossary

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