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From Old French chevance (property), equivalent to chevisance, from chevir (to accomplish). See chevisance.


chievance (plural chievances)

  1. (obsolete) An unlawful bargain; trade in which money is extorted as discount.
    • Francis Bacon
      There were good laws against usury, the bastard use of money; and against unlawful chievances and exchanges, which is bastard usury.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for chievance in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)