- personal estate or property.
Origin of personalty
1600–10; < Anglo-French personalte < Late Latin persōnālitās personality
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Examples from the Web for personalty
Everything left to her, both land and personalty, everything!The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Personalty, I'd have picked some ultra-violet paint—if any were handy as that would reflect the rays.Skylark Three
Edward Elmer Smith
It is interpreted so as to give, in many cases, more to the eldest son than the real estate and his share of the personalty.
Real property was to be placed on the same footing as personalty, and chargeable no longer on life interest, but on capital value.Lord Randolph Churchill
Winston Spencer Churchill
His mansion, realty and personalty includes what they have jointly earned as well as that of which he was possessed at marriage.
- law another word for personal property
C16: from Anglo-French, from Late Latin persōnālitās personality
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Word Origin and History for personalty
legal term, late 15c., from Anglo-French personaltie, corresponding to Middle French personalite, from Medieval Latin personalitas (see personality).
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