Any kind of commercial exchange or bargain. By the 14c it signified *usury, as increasingly merchants were the great lenders of money after the expulsion of the *Jews in 1290. Protection by the pope (as formerly usury was condemned by the Christian Church) assured its 'legality' - the Church itself and its magnates were themselves all heavily in debt. The Latin form was chevantia.

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  • Chevisance — Chev i*sance, n. [Of. chevisance, chevissance, fr. chevircome to an end, perform, fr. chef head, end, from L. caput head. See {Chieve}, {Chief}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Achievement; deed; performance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Fortune, the foe of famous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chevisance — ˈshevəsən(t)s, zən noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English chevisaunce achievement, resource, supply, booty (whence by misunderstanding the meaning “enterprise”), from Middle French chevisance, from Old French, from chevir to come to an end, perform …   Useful english dictionary

  • chevisance — chev·i·sance …   English syllables

  • chevisance — /chevszans/ An agreement or composition; an end or order set down between a creditor or debtor; an indirect gain in point of usury, etc. Also, an unlawful bargain or contract …   Black's law dictionary

  • chevisance — An agreement; an unlawful or usurious contract …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Chievance — Chiev ance, n. [OF. chevance property, equiv. To chevisance, fr. chevir to accomplish. See {Chevisance}.] An unlawful bargain; traffic in which money is exported as discount. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • croupir — (krou pir) v. n. 1°   S accroupir ; sens ancien et qui n est plus du tout usité.    Par extension et avec un sens spécial, être dans l ordure, en parlant des enfants, des malades. Cet enfant croupit dans ses langes.    Fig. Demeurer en des… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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