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.
- n. obsolete Help, remedy; a resource or solution.
- n. obsolete The raising of money; money raised or lent for some purpose.
- n. obsolete Chivalrous adventure.
- n. obsolete A bargain or contract; an agreement about a matter in dispute, such as a debt; a business compact.
- n. obsolete An unlawful agreement or contract.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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)
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