Personal property

Personal property is property that is movable.[1] In common law systems, personal property may also be called chattels or personalty. In civil law systems, personal property is often called movable property or movables—any property that can be moved from one location to another.

Personal property can be understood in comparison to real estate, immovable property or real property (such as land and buildings).

Movable property on land (larger livestock, for example) was not automatically sold with the land, it was "personal" to the owner and moved with the owner.

The word cattle is the Old Norman variant of Old French chatel, chattel (derived from Latin capitalis, "of the head"), which was once synonymous with general movable personal property.[2]

  1. ^ Palgrave, Robert Harry Inglis (1908). "Personal property". Dictionary of political economy. Vol. 3. p. 96.
  2. ^ "Origin of chattel". Archived from the original on 14 August 2009. Retrieved August 15, 2009.

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