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[chat-l] /ˈtʃæt l/

Law. a movable article of personal property.
any article of tangible property other than land, buildings, and other things annexed to land.
a slave.
(often pl) (property law)

goods and chattels, personal property

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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