[ cham-per-tee ]
/ ˈtʃæm pər ti /
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
OTHER WORDS FROM champertycham·per·tous, adjective
Words nearby champerty
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In England, contingent fees are held to be clearly within the statutes of champerty and maintenance.An Essay on Professional Ethics|George Sharswood
British Dictionary definitions for champerty
/ (ˈtʃæmpətɪ) /
noun plural -ties
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
Derived forms of champertychampertous, adjective
Word Origin for champerty
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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