court of equity
n. pl. courts of equity
A former system of courts that mainly provided relief in the form of injunctions requiring the taking of a particular action or forbearance from taking a particular action, as opposed to relief in the form of monetary damages that was available through courts of law. Courts of equity and courts of law are now largely merged or overlapping.
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