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champerty

[cham-per-tee]
noun Law.
  1. a sharing in the proceeds of litigation by one who agrees with either the plaintiff or defendant to help promote it or carry it on.
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Origin of champerty

1300–50; Middle English champartie, equivalent to champart (< Middle French: share of the produce, literally, of the field, equivalent to champ field (see camp1) + part share, see part) + -ie -y3
Related formscham·per·tous, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • It is unnecessary to inquire here whether such a contract is void as champertous, and contrary to public policy.

    An Essay on Professional Ethics

    George Sharswood


British Dictionary definitions for champertous

champerty

noun plural -ties
  1. law (formerly) an illegal bargain between a party to litigation and an outsider whereby the latter agrees to pay for the action and thereby share in any proceeds recoveredSee also maintenance
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Derived Formschampertous, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Anglo-French champartie, from Old French champart share of produce, from champ field + part share (a feudal lord's)
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Word Origin and History for champertous

adj.

1640s, from champart, from French champart "portion of produce received by a feudal lord from land held in lease from him" (13c.), from Old North French campart-, probably from Latin campi pars "part of the field" (see campus + part (n.)). In later use often with reference to champerty (early 14c.), the illegal act whereby a person makes a bargain to maintain a litigant in return for a share of the gains if the case succeeds.

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