prop·​er·​tied | \ ˈprä-pər-tēd How to pronounce propertied (audio) \

Definition of propertied

: possessing property

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Recent Examples on the Web Consider the ways that, by the 1960s, the rise of a propertied middle class had put each man in his castle, each drinker in his saloon, each employee in his own office. Tim Wu, The New York Review of Books, "Bigger Brother," 24 Mar. 2020 But there is another liberalism that has been bound up since the 19th century with the fate of capitalist expansion, concerned with advancing the individual interests of the propertied and the shareholder. Pankaj Mishra, Twin Cities, "Pankaj Mishra: Putin’s wrong, but so are liberals," 11 July 2019 Both Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln knew a propertied populace was required to give political support to the Constitution. WSJ, "Would Milton Be as Hardline on Trade Now?," 2 Apr. 2018 Seeking to strengthen the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865, Congress passed the Peonage Act of 1867 after learning of propertied New Mexicans owning hundreds and perhaps thousands of Indian slaves, mainly Navajo women and children. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Indian Slavery Once Thrived in New Mexico. Latinos Are Finding Family Ties to It.," 28 Jan. 2018

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1760, in the meaning defined above

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“Propertied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of propertied

formal : owning a lot of property or land

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