Legal Definition and Related Resources of Chase

Meaning of Chase

A district of land privileged for wild beasts of chase, with the exclusive right of hunting therein. Less than a f.r.s. but bigger than a park. while every forest is a chase, every chase is not a forest. While a park is generally enclosed, a chase is not. See commonwealth v Hazen, 20 Pa. Super. 487.

Chase Alternative Definition

The liberty or franchise of hunting one’s self and keeping protected against all other persons beasts of the chase within a specified district, without regard to the ownership of the land. 2 Bl. Comm. 414416. The district within which such privilege is to be exercised. A chase is a franchise granted to a subject, and hence is not subject to the forest laws. 2 Bl. Comm. 38. It differs from a park, because it may be another’s ground, and is not inclosed. It is said by some to be smaller than a forest, and larger than a park. Termes de la Ley. But this seems to be a customary incident, and not an essential quality. The act of acquiring possession of animals ferae naturae by force, cunning, or address.

Synonyms of Chase


  • endeavor to overtake
  • follow
  • go after
  • go in pursuit of
  • go in quest of
  • hunt
  • pursue
  • run after
  • run in pursuitsearch
  • seek
  • track
  • trail
  • try to overtake

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