Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Help, remedy; a resource or solution.
  • n. The raising of money; money raised or lent for some purpose.
  • n. Chivalrous adventure.
  • n. A bargain or contract; an agreement about a matter in dispute, such as a debt; a business compact.
  • n. An unlawful agreement or contract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Achievement; deed; performance.
  • n. A bargain; profit; gain.
  • n.
  • n. A making of contracts.
  • n. A bargain or contract; an agreement about a matter in dispute, such as a debt; a business compact.
  • n. An unlawful agreement or contract.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Accomplishment; achievement; result; outcome.
  • n. Means.
  • n. A bargain; negotiation for a loan; a loan.
  • n. Profit; gain.
  • n. In law: A making of contracts; agreement.
  • n. An unlawful agreement or contract.
  • n. An agreement or a composition, as an end or order set down between a creditor and his debtor.

Etymologies

From Old French chevisance, from chevir. The 'chivalrous adventure' sense is thought to be first used by Edmund Spenser, who incorrectly linked chevisance to Old French chevalerie ("chivalry"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hereat she cried, "By Allah, O my lord, the wrong was with my mate and not with thee; but the Decreed chevisance doth need, nor is there flight from it indeed; so do thou abide content.

    Arabian nights. English

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