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personal property

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noun Law.
  1. an estate or property consisting of movable articles both corporeal, as furniture or jewelry, or incorporeal, as stocks or bonds (distinguished from real property).
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Origin of personal property

First recorded in 1830–40

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chattels, effects.
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  • Another is a more rigid enforcement of the personal-property tax; but this is equally unpromising.

    Appletons' Popular Science Monthly, April 1900

    Various


British Dictionary definitions for personal property

personal property

noun
  1. law movable property, such as furniture or moneyAlso called: personalty Compare real property
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personal property in Culture

personal property

Furniture, automobiles, boats, and other possessions that are not included in the category of real property.

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