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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Definitions for chattel

  1. Law. a movable article of personal property.
  2. any article of tangible property other than land, buildings, and other things annexed to land.
  3. a slave.

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Citations for chattel
"Mr. Price has instructed me to visit with you and make arrangements for a transfer of chattel to the bank sufficient to cover the amount of "—he looked down at his clipboard— "one thousand dollars even." Will Weaver, Red Earth White Earth, 1986
But now! Gervase himself had not seemed a very important part of that triumph a little while ago. He had been a chattel of hers, a piece of property as much her own as her parasol. Margaret Oliphant, The Cuckoo in the Nest, 1892
Origin of chattel
Chattel came to English in the 1400s and shares a root with the word cattle.