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From French champarteur (a divider of fields or field rent). See champerty.


champertor (plural champertors)

  1. (law) One guilty of champerty; one who purchases a suit, or the right of suing, and carries it on at his or her own expense, in order to obtain a share of the gain.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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 champertor in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)