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English definition of “chattel”

chattel

noun [C or U]     /ˈtʃætəl/ (also chattel personal)
LAW, PROPERTY a piece of personal property, including something that can be moved, or rights such as copyright and patents, but not usually including land and buildings: If your husband dies intestate you will inherit all personal goods and chattels such as the furniture and car, plus the assets up to £125,000. Where a chattel is unlawfully on the plaintiff's land and has caused actual damage, the plaintiff may retain the chattel until the damage has been paid for. It is appalling that in some divorce situations, kids are treated like chattel, like the dishwasher or the retirement account.
(Definition of chattel noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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