chattel chattel  /ˈtʃæ təl/


  • (n) personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc)



  1. She had been the chattel of French monarchs.
  2. For him the crime of the South was chattel slavery, and the white man's denial of the Negro's equal humanity was an ineradicable curse on the land and its people.
  3. Men began to define land and animals as property and sources of prestige, it would seem, and women as chattel to be fought over.


  • Love and Marriage is Relatively New

    As with all social institutions, marriage has evolved. Fortunately for women, we are no longer legally considered our husband’s property. There was a time when a bride’s property became her husband’s on the day of their marriage. She lost any legal rights she possessed and was referred to as chattel (the word root is cattle) meaning she no longer was a person in her own right but the possession ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Grand Rapids Herald-Review


  1. "It will help us dismantle an industry that has sprung up that uses human beings as product, as chattel," Bush said.
    on Mar 7, 2007 By: President Bush Source: FOXNews

  2. "Owners are very green. They pay for services on weight and volume and size so are very conscious of how they live," says Mr Warner. "But in the end a boat is not a house. It's not an investment, it's a chattel and that means it tends to...
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Rex Warner Source: Independent

  3. "It's a huge thing," Ellison said Tuesday morning on Minnesota Public Radio. "Our country is a country that for two-and-a-half centuries had Africans as chattel slavery and a century after that had Jim Crow. ...... America as a country keeps...
    on Jun 3, 2008 By: Keith Ellison Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

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