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Chattel Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    chattel n : personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc) [syn: personal chattel]
Chattel Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Chattel'


Personal property, roughly speaking, is private property that is moveable,

Personal property may be classified in a variety of ways. Tangible personal property refers to any type of property that can generally be moved (i.e., it is not attached to real property or land), touched or felt. These generally include items such as furniture, clothing, jewellery, art, writings, or household goods. In some cases, there can be formal title documents that show the ownership and transfer rights of that property after a person's death (for example, motor vehicles, boats, etc.) In many cases, however, tangible personal property will not be "titled" in an owner's name and is presumed to be whatever property he or she was in possession of at the time of his or her death.

Intangible personal property or "intangibles" refers to personal property that cannot actually be moved, touched or felt, but instead represents something of value such as negotiable instruments, securities, service (economics), and intangible assets including chose in action.

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  • Time for politicians to ‘face up’
    WHEN African slaves were finally freed from chattel slavery in 1838, there were some slaves who decided to stay on the very plantations which were symbols of their oppression. Read more on this news related to 'Chattel'
  • Major League Baseball’s 1994 strike was game’s worst of times
    Until Aug. 11, 1994, the undisputed darkest days in Major League Baseball history came in the autumn of 1919, when select members of the Chicago White Sox were paid to throw the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. The Black Sox were inspired to take a dive because their shameless owner treated his players like chattel. For White Sox players, having a great season Read more on this news related to 'Chattel'

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