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Personalty  n.  
The state of being a person; personality. (R.)
(Law) Personal property, as distinguished from realty or real property.

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"Personalty" Quotes from Famous Books

... have been made of her story. Her father was persuaded that he had sufficient reason for declining to acknowledge her, and allowed her a bare six hundred francs a year; he had further taken measures to disinherit his daughter, and had converted all his real estate into personalty, that he might leave it undivided to his son. Victorine's mother had died broken-hearted in Mme. Couture's house; and the latter, who was a near relation, had taken charge of the little orphan. Unluckily, the widow of the commissary-general ...
— Father Goriot • Honore de Balzac

... Nueil made his appearance in this little world of strictly observed etiquette, where every detail of life is an integrant part of a whole, and everything is known; where the values of personalty and real estate is quoted like stocks on the vast sheet of the newspaper—before his arrival he had been weighed in the unerring scales ...
— The Deserted Woman • Honore de Balzac

... terra ei in dotem detur, tunc dicatur psalmus iste", &c. When the wife was endowed generally, the husband seems to have said "with all my lands and tenements I thee endow," and then they all became liable to her dower. When he endowed her with personalty only, he used to say, "with all my worldly goods (or, as the Salisbury ritual has it, "with all my worldly chattels") I thee endow," which entitled the wife to her thirds, or pars rationabilis, of his personal estate, which is provided ...
— Notes and Queries, Number 77, April 19, 1851 • Various

Words linked to "Personalty" :   clobber, personal estate, holding, chattel, belongings, stuff, private property, movable

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