Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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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").

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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  • "fr. enterprise, feat, achievement."

    October 10, 2008