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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
goods and chattels
▪ Goods and chattels and art and inventions.
▪ However, the Act abolished detinue, which was wrongful retention of a chattel.
▪ In such cases the sheriff might be ordered to seize the chattels of defaulting regarders.
▪ The 12 cousins then decided that Violet should have £5,000, the testator's chattels and the freehold of the bungalow.
▪ The Bills of Sale Acts do not apply to documents accompanying transactions in which the possession of the chattels passes.
▪ The modern wife is considered more of an equal partner and helpmate than a chattel or a housekeeper.
▪ Woman is not the passive chattel that the tussles of despots, described in the last chapter, have implied.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Chattel \Chat"tel\, n. [OF. chatel; another form of catel. See Cattle.] (Law) Any item of movable or immovable property except the freehold, or the things which are parcel of it. It is a more extensive term than goods or effects.

Note: Chattels are personal or real: personal are such as are movable, as goods, plate, money; real are such rights in land as are less than a freehold, as leases, mortgages, growing corn, etc.

Chattel mortgage (Law), a mortgage on personal property, as distinguished from one on real property.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., chatel "property, goods," from Old French chatel "chattels, goods, wealth, possessions, property; profit; cattle," from Late Latin capitale "property" (see cattle, which is the Old North French form of the same word). Application to slaves (1640s) is a rhetorical figure of abolitionists, etc.


n. 1 tangible, movable property. 2 A slave.


n. personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc) [syn: personal chattel]


Usage examples of "chattel".

The djins, stiffening their muscular legs, hold back with all their might the heavily loaded little cars which would run down by themselves if let alone, and that so rapidly that they would rush into empty space with my most valuable chattels.

She stood in the centre of the emptiest part of that rather dingy room, as far as possible away from any good or chattel.

The Act of Praemunire permits the confiscation - immediate and without redress, upon the presentation of a warrant of Praemunire - of property, goods and chattels as a punishment for Non-Conformity.

For it is only fitting and proper that submen be the slaves and chattels of true people.

About ten miles up this river lies Miapan, the greatest citadel hi all of Tlapallan, for hi it sixty thousand people, with provisions and chattels, may find shelter in case of siege, while down the river is a fortified town, Tlacopan, shielding the people of the lower valley.

Charlemont for his chattels, offered him the meeting there, he eagerly caught at the suggestion as affording himself and friend the means of final escape.

For chattels hadde they enough and rent, And eke their wives would it well assent: And elles certain they had been to blame.

Folks were merely astonished that such a harsh, avaricious woman should have been willing to quit this life without taking her goods and chattels with her.

We treat them as if their spirit were altogether broken, as if they and their possessions were but our chattels, as if they possessed no rights, not even the right to live.

On a golden day in summer, when the sunrays were aslant, Brown arrived in Cambaroora with a little printing plant And his worldly goods and chattels -- rather damaged on the way -- And a weary-looking woman who was following the dray.

Part of me pitied any man who thought Yelena would become his chattel, but there had to be someone in Aurium who could be her match in spirit and mind.

James B, Infant, acting through his curator bonis and guardian ad litem, filed an action as owner and bailor of the chattel, a dog of tender years named Spot, alleging negligence on the part of the Village, in a cross claim for indemnity under Fed.

The right to these remedies extends not only to pledgees, lessees, and those having a lien, who exclude their bailor, but to simple bailees, as they have been called, who have no interest in the chattels, no right of detention as against the owner, and neither give nor receive a reward.

Neither we nor our bailiffs will seize any land or rent for any debt, as long as the chattels of the debtor are sufficient to repay the debt.

They were, says Mr Stephen, and the end was that the men of the island seeing no help was toward, as the ungrate women were all of one mind, made a wherry raft, loaded themselves and their bundles of chattels on shipboard, set all masts erect, manned the yards, sprang their luff, heaved to, spread three sheets in the wind, put her head between wind and water, weighed anchor, ported her helm, ran up the jolly Roger, gave three times three, let the bullgine run, pushed off in their bumboat and put to sea to recover the main of America.