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n. pl. prop·er·ties
a. Something owned; a possession.
b. A piece of real estate: has a swimming pool on the property.
c. Something tangible or intangible to which its owner has legal title: properties such as copyrights and trademarks.
d. Something tangible or intangible, such as a claim or a right, in which a person has a legally cognizable, compensable interest.
e. Possessions considered as a group: moved with all his property.
2. A theatrical prop.
3. An attribute, characteristic, or quality: a compound with anti-inflammatory properties. See Synonyms at quality.

[Middle English proprete, properte, from Anglo-Norman properte and Old French proprete, alterations (influenced by Anglo-Norman Old French propre, one's own) of Old French propriete, from Latin proprietās, specific character (of a person or thing), ownership, property (formed on the model of Greek idiotēs, specific character, from idios, one's own), from Latin proprius, one's own; see per in Indo-European roots.]

prop′er·ty·less adj.
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without property
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Adj.1.propertyless - of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial laborerspropertyless - of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial laborers; "party of the propertyless proletariat"- G.B.Shaw
low-class, lower-class - occupying the lowest socioeconomic position in a society
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As competitive "market forces" established themselves, less productive farmers went to the wall, and together with direct coercive intervention to evict them or to extinguish their customary rights, this accelerated the polarization of English rural society into large landowners and a growing propertyless multitude.
Under capitalism, as is well known, the labor "free," largely propertyless workers on behalf of private owners of the means of production superseded both serfdom and slavery as well as the communal peasant production of tributary states.
According to Paul Sweezy, capitalism is not defined exclusively by the "capital-labor relation.' For such a definition it is necessary to add that "capital exists not as a single entity facing a propertyless working class but as many capitals organized separately and acting independently of one another.'
According to this view, not only is the regime in power not the proletariat organized as the ruling class; it does not in any meaningful sense represent the proletariat (which continues to be composed of propertyless wage-earners); nor is there anything in the logic of state ownership of the means of production that obliges the regime to act in the long-run interest of the proletariat.
* Jennifer Jones, 39, of Pana, was assessed $581.92 for the July 29 offense of criminal damage to propertyless than $500 value.
As Shapiro astutely points out, in fact "[b]oth republicanism and emergent liberalism equated personal autonomy with property ownership," thereby rendering these political categories insufficient as a means of accounting for the happily propertyless protagonists of Brown's and Sedgwick's novels (38).
253-254) is not a human actor but a single "definite function" that is embodied in "an imaginary figure" who is "propertyless" and whose only function is to bear risk.
Propertyless distrainments must be terminated and an adequate mechanism for that must be found, Justice Minister Gaacutebor Gaacutel (Most-Hiacuted) told The Slovak Spectator.Executors directly affected by the amnesty consider this step hazardous for the legal awareness of the responsible citizen.
(14) Those eventually most receptive to George's ideas were those who stood to benefit most: propertyless urban workers who would be freed of the burden of taxation.
In 1851, however, with the enactment of universal manhood suffrage in the new constitution, the debate over the deportation of free blacks began again as whites recognized the implications of extending suffrage to the propertyless.
Thompson argues, allowed the poor and propertyless to cultivate localized "usages" of private property, such as digging turf, gathering wood, foraging for food, or grazing animals.
What should be noted is that one of the alibis for this accumulation was disease-control of the national body, and during its process the propertyless vagrants were stigmatized as intermediate hosts of epidemic contagion.