Within a century, chattel slavery ceased to exist in virtually every modern nation.
Until 1865—less than 150 years ago—it was legal under the United States Constitution to own black people as chattel.
A woman is a chattel, mere property to be exploited as the owner—whether her husband or her father—sees fit.
They can do without “anchor babies” and “self-deportation,” which make immigrants sound like chattel.
The NCAA likes to scrutinize and monitor their chattel in the event that money flows their way from outside jobs.
Surely he had been deceiving me, and playing upon my ignorance, when he told me I belonged to him as a chattel!
All this while he had been led about as a creature without a will, a chattel, an instrument.
But he merely proves that it declares him to be a "chattel personal."
What, then, is chattel slavery as understood in American law?
He has always hated the peasants; they've never been his workers—only chattel.
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.