chattel

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chat·tel

 (chăt′l)
n.
1. Law An article of movable personal property.
2. A slave.

[Middle English chatel, movable property, from Old French, from Medieval Latin capitāle; see cattle.]

chattel

(ˈtʃætəl)
n
1. (Law) (often plural) property law
a. chattel personal an item of movable personal property, such as furniture, domestic animals, etc
b. chattel real an interest in land less than a freehold, such as a lease
2. (Law) goods and chattels personal property
[C13: from Old French chatel personal property, from Medieval Latin capitāle wealth; see capital1]

chat•tel

(ˈtʃæt l)

n.
1.
a. a movable article of personal property.
b. any tangible property other than land and buildings.
2. a slave.
[1175–1225; Middle English chatel < Old French. See cattle]
syn: See property.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chattel - personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc)
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture - furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy; "they had too much furniture for the small apartment"; "there was only one piece of furniture in the room"
personal estate, personal property, personalty, private property - movable property (as distinguished from real estate)

chattel

noun
Law. One's portable property:
belonging (often used in plural), effect (used in plural), good (used in plural), lares and penates, personal effects, personal property, possession (used in plural), property, thing (often used in plural).
Informal: stuff.
Law: movable (often used in plural).
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Ca- pable of high attainments as an intellectual and moral being--needing nothing but a comparatively small amount of cultivation to make him an orna- ment to society and a blessing to his race--by the law of the land, by the voice of the people, by the terms of the slave code, he was only a piece of property, a beast of burden, a chattel personal, nevertheless!