Chattel meaning

chătl
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The definition of chattel refers to all personal property (things you own other than real estate).

An example of chattel is your furniture and car.

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A slave.
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(law) An article of movable personal property.
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Tangible, movable property.
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Any tangible property that is moveable or transferable. See also personal property and real property.
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A slave.
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Any moveable property, tangible personal property, or an intangible right in such property (such as a patent). Also called personal chattel.
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A writing or writings that evidence a monetary obligation as well as a security interest in or a lease of specific goods. Generally used when a consumer buys goods on credit by signing a promissory note that promises payment in the future as well as grants the seller a security interest in the goods. See also accommodation paper and commercial paper.
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Commonly used to describe the treatment of Russian serfs as property.
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Any interest in real property less than a freehold or a fee (such as an easement). Also called real chattel.
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A lien on assets other than real estate that secures a loan.
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Origin of chattel

  • Middle English chatel movable property from Old French from Medieval Latin capitāle cattle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English chatel, from Old French chatel, from Medieval Latin capitāle (English capital), from Latin capitālis (“of the head”), from caput (“head”) + -alis (“-al”). Compare cattle (“cows”), which is from an Anglo-Norman variant. Compare also capital and kith and kine (“all one’s possessions”), which also use “cow” to mean “property”.

    From Wiktionary