Examples of chattel in a Sentence
at one time, the children of black slaves were also considered chattel
packed up all her chattels and moved to a new state
Recent Examples of chattel from the Web
Consider: For generations, Americans had the right to own other people as chattels.
The Confederate cause was defined exclusively by the preservation and expansion of chattel slavery.
For victims of human trafficking, being treated like chattel has devastating long-term damage that is difficult to erase.
And behind that is the ugly truth that the Confederate cause was, when all the rhetorical chaff is swept away, designed to protect chattel slavery, the singular birth defect of the American republic.
Sitting on factory-accessory roof-rack crossbars, the hard-sided container is a useful tool for storing extra chattels—particularly given that, with the third row in use, there’s only 15 cubic feet of luggage space.
They were often listed on bills of sale, like chattel.
At the moment, the brawl is over memorials to the men who fought for the Confederate States of America, a treasonous offshoot of the United States of America that formed itself around the defense of chattel slavery.
These statues were put up in the first place to sanitize the history of the men who fought to maintain chattel slavery and the men who later re-established white supremacy in the old Confederacy.
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What is the Difference Between chattel and slave?
The word chattel is encountered in two main senses. The earlier of the two is primarily technical and refers to property, specifically property that is distinct from real estate holdings. The second meaning of chattel can excite considerable emotion, as it refers to humans as property, i.e., slaves. Chattel, slave and the less common bondman and thrall are all synonyms for a person held in servitude by another. Chattel and cattle both come to English from the same source: each is descended from the Medieval Latin word capitale, which itself traces to the Latin caput meaning “head.”
Synonymsbondman (also bondsman), slave, thrall
Related Wordsbondwoman (also bondswoman), odalisque; helot, serf; bond servant, indentured servant; attendant, domestic, drudge, handmaiden (also handmaid), lackey, menial, servant, slavey
Near Antonymsfreedman, freedwoman; enslaver, slave driver, slaveholder, slaver; master, taskmaster
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