chattel vs movable what difference

what is difference between chattel and movable

English

Etymology

From Middle English chatel, from Old French chatel, from Medieval Latin capitāle (English capital), from Latin capitālis (of the head), from caput (head) + -alis (-al). Compare the doublet cattle (cows), which is from an Anglo-Norman variant. Compare also capital and kith and kine (all one’s possessions), which also use “cow” to mean “property”.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈtʃæt.əl/
    • (US) IPA(key): [-ɾɫ]
  • Rhymes: -ætəl

Noun

chattel (plural chattels)

  1. Tangible, movable property.
    • 1990, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens, Corgi, p.387
      [] although of course the firm had changed hands many times over the centuries, [] But the box has always been part of the chattels, as it were.
  2. A slave.
    • 1955, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring [Book 2, Chapter 1 – Many Meetings]
      Not all his servants and chattels are wraiths!

Related terms

  • capital
  • cattle

Translations

Anagrams

  • latchet


English

Alternative forms

  • moveable

Etymology

From Old French movable. Surface etymology is move +‎ -able

Adjective

movable (comparative more movable, superlative most movable)

  1. Capable of being moved, lifted, carried, drawn, turned, or conveyed, or in any way made to change place or posture; not fixed or stationary
    • 1902, Henry Billings Brown, The Osceola
      The owners had supplied the vessel with a movable derrick for the purpose of raising the gangways of the vessel when in port, in order to discharge cargo.
  2. Changing from one time to another

Antonyms

  • immovable

Derived terms

  • movable letter

Translations

Noun

movable (plural movables)

  1. Something which is movable; an article of wares or goods; a commodity; a piece of property not fixed, or not a part of real estate; generally, in the plural, goods; wares; furniture.

Translations

References

  • movable in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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