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 human being considered to be property; an enslaved person.
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How to use chattel in a sentence
Cornyn interjected the same interpretation led to the Dred Scott decision, citing “treating slaves as chattel property” as an another outcome of the expansive intrepretation of the due process clause.Jackson holds firm in questioning over marriage equality | Chris Johnson | March 22, 2022 | Washington Blade
Maybe no one will be the “husband” (as in, animal husbandry) and no one the chattel.Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along? | Jay Michaelson | May 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Sally Kohn | May 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | David Masciotra | April 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Within a century, chattel slavery ceased to exist in virtually every modern nation.
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 | Marlow Stern | August 31, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The statutes require that chattel mortgages should be acknowledged and recorded.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The discharge and foreclosure of mortgages on vessels are governed for the most part by the rules that apply to chattel mortgages.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Their form remains just what it was when woman was esteemed a pretty, desirable, and incidentally a child-producing, chattel.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
He was in th' chattel morgedge business on week days an' he was a Spiritulist on Sunday.Mr. Dooley Says | Finley Dunne
I should say the same of a slave; he is a chattel owned by me; he is saved for my advantage, therefore I am indebted for him.L. Annaeus Seneca On Benefits | Seneca
British Dictionary definitions for chattel
(often plural) property law
chattel personal an item of movable personal property, such as furniture, domestic animals, etc
chattel real an interest in land less than a freehold, such as a lease
goods and chattels personal property
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