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1. The chapter of US bankruptcy law by which insolvent businesses may reorganize under court supervision without ceasing business activity or liquidating their assets.
2. The condition in which a business may continue to operate in accordance with this law.
(Law) US the statute regarding the reorganization of a failing business empowering a court to allow the debtors to remain in control of the business to attempt to save it: they are in chapter 11.
[C20: from chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Reform Act (1978)]
or Chapter XI,
a section of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code that provides for the reorganization of an insolvent corporation under court supervision.