- Law. Often chattels. a movable article of personal property.
- Often chattels. any article of tangible property other than land, buildings, and other things annexed to land.
- a slave.
Origin of chattel
Examples from the Web for chattel
Contemporary Examples of chattel
Maybe no one will be the “husband” (as in, animal husbandry) and no one the chattel.Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?
May 27, 2014
Until 1865—less than 150 years ago—it was legal under the United States Constitution to own black people as chattel.Eight Things Every White Person Should Know About White Privilege
May 7, 2014
Likely because of his own faith, Carter tries—and fails—to excuse the biblical mandate for reducing women to chattel.Jimmy Carter Was a Lot Better President Than Almost Anyone Ever Admits
April 1, 2014
Within a century, chattel slavery ceased to exist in virtually every modern nation.How Blacks Freed Themselves from Slavery
February 18, 2014
Men, women, and children are stripped naked and inspected like chattel, and later, lynched with impunity.‘12 Years a Slave,’ Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, Is Mesmerizing
August 31, 2013
Historical Examples of chattel
Your chattel is for growing corn, not for corn in a hog's belly.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
All this while he had been led about as a creature without a will, a chattel, an instrument.The Promised Land
Ruth 4:10, "Ruth the Moabitess have I purchased this day to be my wife;" was she a chattel?
Here there is a manifest contradiction of the conditions of a chattel slave.
What, then, is chattel slavery as understood in American law?
- (often plural) property law
- chattel personalan item of movable personal property, such as furniture, domestic animals, etc
- chattel realan interest in land less than a freehold, such as a lease
- goods and chattels personal property
Word Origin for chattel
Word Origin and History for chattel
early 13c., chatel "property, goods," from Old French chatel "chattels, goods, wealth, possessions, property; profit; cattle," from Late Latin capitale "property" (see cattle, which is the Old North French form of the same word). Application to slaves (1640s) is a rhetorical figure of abolitionists, etc.