Definition of chattel in English:

chattel

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃat(ə)l
 
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noun

  • 1(In general use) a personal possession.
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    • There is no talk of compulsory acquisition or compensation: they are being forced to leave their homeland with nothing - no chattels, heirlooms or personal possessions.
    • She said money-lenders seemed to target people who owned chattels, so these could be listed as security items.
    • Women are regarded paradoxically as personal chattel as well as a source of honour and pride.
  • 1.1 Law An item of property other than freehold land, including tangible goods ( chattels personal) and leasehold interests ( chattels real). See also goods and chattels.
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    • The mortgage, both over chattels and over real property, as well as a fixed and a floating charge granted by a corporation, fall into this group.
    • An additional way in which the matter may have to be tested is against the case where the trust property is a chattel.
    • George, like many land reformers, considered that land, unlike chattels, had been common property in early society; that existing land titles were effectively rooted in ancient theft.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French chatel, from medieval Latin capitale, from Latin capitalis, from caput 'head'. Compare with capital1 and cattle.

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