- that which a person owns; the possession or possessions of a particular owner: They lost all their property in the fire.
- goods, land, etc., considered as possessions: The corporation is a means for the common ownership of property.
- a piece of land or real estate: property on Main Street.
- ownership; right of possession, enjoyment, or disposal of anything, especially of something tangible: to have property in land.
- something at the disposal of a person, a group of persons, or the community or public: The secret of the invention became common property.
- an essential or distinctive attribute or quality of a thing: the chemical and physical properties of an element.
- any attribute or characteristic.
- (in Aristotelian logic) an attribute not essential to a species but always connected with it and with it alone.
- Also called prop. a usually movable item, other than costumes or scenery, used on the set of a theater production, motion picture, etc.; any object handled or used by an actor in a performance.
- a written work, play, movie, etc., bought or optioned for commercial production or distribution.
- a person, especially one under contract in entertainment or sports, regarded as having commercial value: an actor who was a hot property at the time.
Origin of property
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Examples from the Web for properties
These women interred the bodies of saints on their own properties and occasionally managed to influence papal politics.First Anglican Woman Bishop A Return to Christian Roots
December 18, 2014
But these choices are where Iron from Ice (and other Telltale properties) sets itself apart.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat
December 13, 2014
The law requires those screened to explain their properties and assets – along with those of their families.Corruption Eats Away at Ukraine Military
October 21, 2014
But there is always that possibility with any of these properties, because it is one universe.The Leaner, Meaner Season 2 of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
September 22, 2014
Egan claims he was sexually abused and assaulted by Bryan Singer in properties in Hawaii and California when he was a teenager.Bryan Singer Agreed to Settle Sex Abuse Lawsuit for $100,000, but Insists He’s Innocent
July 29, 2014
These properties of amber and lodestone appear to have been widely known.Heroes of the Telegraph
They look up some dresses, and properties, and have a piece written to fit 'em.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
In the case of divorce there will then be no difficulty in separating the two properties.The Sexual Question
These properties of numbers are true, and should be ascertained with a view to use.Laws
It may be worth while to examine the properties of the charcoal with this view.Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air
- something of value, either tangible, such as land, or intangible, such as patents, copyrights, etc
- law the right to possess, use, and dispose of anything
- possessions collectively or the fact of owning possessions of value
- a piece of land or real estate, esp used for agricultural purposes
- (as modifier)property rights
- mainly Australian a ranch or station, esp a small one
- a quality, attribute, or distinctive feature of anything, esp a characteristic attribute such as the density or strength of a material
- logic obsolete another name for proprium
- any movable object used on the set of a stage play or filmUsually shortened to: prop
Word Origin and History for properties
c.1300, properte, "nature, quality," later "possession, thing owned" (early 14c., a sense rare before 17c.), from an Anglo-French modification of Old French propriete "individuality, peculiarity; property" (12c., Modern French propreté; cf. propriety), from Latin proprietatem (nominative proprietas) "ownership, a property, propriety, quality," literally "special character" (a loan-translation of Greek idioma), noun of quality from proprius "one's own, special" (see proper). For "possessions, private property" Middle English sometimes used proper goods. Hot property "sensation, a success" is from 1947 in "Billboard" stories.