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chattel

[chat-l] /ˈtʃæt l/
noun
1.
Law. a movable article of personal property.
2.
any article of tangible property other than land, buildings, and other things annexed to land.
3.
a slave.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English chatel < Old French. See cattle
Synonyms
1. See property.
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  • The amount of the bond is twice the value of the chattel listed in the motion, complaint or affidavit.
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British Dictionary definitions for chattel

chattel

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

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.

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