property

[prop-er-tee]
noun, plural properties.
1.
that which a person owns; the possession or possessions of a particular owner: They lost all their property in the fire.
2.
goods, land, etc., considered as possessions: The corporation is a means for the common ownership of property.
3.
a piece of land or real estate: property on Main Street.
4.
ownership; right of possession, enjoyment, or disposal of anything, especially of something tangible: to have property in land.
5.
something at the disposal of a person, a group of persons, or the community or public: The secret of the invention became common property.
6.
an essential or distinctive attribute or quality of a thing: the chemical and physical properties of an element.
7.
Logic.
a.
any attribute or characteristic.
b.
(in Aristotelian logic) an attribute not essential to a species but always connected with it and with it alone.
8.
Also called prop. a usually movable item, other than costumes or scenery, used on the set of a theater production, motion picture, etc.; any object handled or used by an actor in a performance.
9.
a written work, play, movie, etc., bought or optioned for commercial production or distribution.
10.
a person, especially one under contract in entertainment or sports, regarded as having commercial value: an actor who was a hot property at the time.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English proprete possession, attribute, what is one's own, equivalent to propre proper + -te -ty2. See propriety

propertyless, noun


1. belongings. Property, chattels, effects, estate, goods refer to what is owned. Property is the general word: She owns a great deal of property. He said that the umbrella was his property. Chattels is a term for pieces of personal property or movable possessions; it may be applied to livestock, automobiles, etc.: a mortgage on chattels. Effects is a term for any form of personal property, including even things of the least value: All his effects were insured against fire. Estate refers to property of any kind that has been, or is capable of being, handed down to descendants or otherwise disposed of in a will: He left most of his estate to his niece. It may consist of personal estate (money, valuables, securities, chattels, etc.), or real estate (land and buildings). Goods refers to household possessions or other movable property, especially that comprising the stock in trade of a business: The store arranged its goods on shelves. 3. acreage. 6. feature. See quality.
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property (ˈprɒpətɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  something of value, either tangible, such as land, or intangible, such as patents, copyrights, etc
2.  law the right to possess, use, and dispose of anything
3.  possessions collectively or the fact of owning possessions of value
4.  a.  a piece of land or real estate, esp used for agricultural purposes
 b.  (as modifier): property rights
5.  chiefly (Austral) a ranch or station, esp a small one
6.  a quality, attribute, or distinctive feature of anything, esp a characteristic attribute such as the density or strength of a material
7.  obsolete logic another name for proprium
8.  Usually shortened to: prop any movable object used on the set of a stage play or film
 
[C13: from Old French propriété, from Latin proprietās something personal, from proprius one's own]

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Word Origin & History

property
c.1300, "nature, quality," later "possession" (a sense rare before 17c.), from an Anglo-Fr. modification of O.Fr. propriete (12c., Fr. propreté), from L. proprietatem (nom. proprietas) "ownership, property, propriety," lit. "special character" (a loan-translation of Gk. idioma), noun of quality
from proprius "one's own, special" (see proper). Propertied "holding property" is from 1760. Hot property "sensation, a success" is from 1958.
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Example sentences
Create a bar chart or other graphic to depict casualties, property damage, or
  other characteristic.
Some counties are re-examining the freedom from property taxes of nonprofits.
Many pension funds got their fingers burned in the property downturn.
The story has been updated to accurately reflect the transfer of the property.
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