- 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 propertyless
The propertyless woman today is rarely reduced to starvation.Women As Sex Vendors
R. B. Tobias
In the Class War right is, according to the Socialists, on the side of the propertyless.British Socialism
J. Ellis Barker
But imprisonment for debt was not the only fate that befell the propertyless.History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I
From now on the chasm between the property-holding and the propertyless classes widened rapidly.Woman under socialism
Apologies, stale jokes, and sneers at the propertyless workers followed one another in close succession.The Everett massacre
Walker C. Smith
- 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 propertyless
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.