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Definition owned property (in law, tangible property other than real estate)
  • In that culture, family members were legally dependent upon the oldest male, but they were not chattel.
chattel = owned property
  • When she was a slave, he was restrained from harming her because she was another's valuable chattel.
  • chattel = property
  • The proposed law applies to both chattels and intangible property.
  • Primitive communism, chattel slavery, serf slavery, and wage slavery were necessary stepping-stones in the evolution of society.
    Jack London  --  The Iron Heel
  • Here was a population, low-class and mostly foreign, hanging always on the verge of starvation, and dependent for its opportunities of life upon the whim of men every bit as brutal and unscrupulous as the old-time slave drivers; under such circumstances immorality was exactly as inevitable, and as prevalent, as it was under the system of chattel slavery.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • She was merely his chattel now, his convenience, his dog, his cringing and helpless slave, the humble and unresisting victim of his capricious temper and vicious nature.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'n'head Wilson
  • Myself and my chattels (some books and clothes) were soon transferred to a modest lodging I had hired in a street not far off.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  The Professor
  • So Simon, having forgotten his teacher's dictum on the possession of human chattels, bought three slaves and with their aid established a homestead on the banks of the Alabama River some forty miles above Saint Stephens.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • chattels = owned property
  • Before now they didn't kill you because you was somebody chattel.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • chattel = property
  • " "This animal is part of the chattel of the Benzini Brothers circus, and as sheriff I am authorized on behalf of—"
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Peggotty and myself will constantly keep a double look-out together, on our goods and chattels.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • On the way we meet the fleeing inhabitants trundling their goods and chattels along with them in wheelbarrows, in perambulators, and on their backs.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • My grandmother's chattel, source of my own salvation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • "I give a chattel mortgage on my cultivator and seeder," he said.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • For if she hold Jason of any worth at all, I swear Chattels like these will not weigh more with her.
    Euripides  --  Medea
  • Lastly, the bouman took himself off by one way; and Alan I (getting our chattels together) struck into another to resume our flight.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • You then stood without a chattel to your name, and I was the master of the house in Corn Street.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The next piece of chattel was already being led up to take their place.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • The man can neither make, nor retain, one moment of time; it all comes to him by pure gift; he might as well regard the sun and moon his chattels.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • A thrall was bound to service, but he was not chattel.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows

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