What is property?

  • (noun): Any area set aside for a particular purpose.
    Example: "The president was concerned about the property across from the White House"
    Synonyms: place
    See also — Additional definitions below

Property

Property is any physical or intangible entity that is owned by a person or jointly by a group of people or a legal entity like a corporation. Depending on the nature of the property, an owner of property has the right to consume, sell, rent, mortgage, transfer, exchange or destroy it, or to exclude others from doing these things.

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Some articles on property:

Defining An Emergency
... Immediately threatening to life, health, property or environment ... Have already caused loss of life, health detriments, property damage or environmental damage Have a high probability of escalating to cause immediate danger to life, health ... by those state statutes as "a condition where life, health or property is in jeopardy, and the prompt summoning of aid is essential." Whilst most emergency services agree on protecting human ...
Women's Rights - Property Rights
... laws that denied them the right to their property once they married ... States and the British Parliament began passing statutes that protected women's property from their husbands and their husbands' creditors ... These laws were known as the Married Women's Property Acts ...
Property in Philosophy - Contemporary Views
... Among contemporary political thinkers who believe that natural persons enjoy rights to own property and to enter into contracts, there are two views about John Locke ... market economy is the functioning state protection of property rights in a formal property system where ownership and transactions are clearly recorded ... These property rights and the whole formal system of property make possible Greater independence for individuals from local community arrangements to protect their assets Clear, provable, and protectable ownership ...
History of Suffrage Around The World - New Zealand
... The vote was limited to male British subjects aged 21 or over who owned or rented sufficient property, and were not imprisoned for a serious offence ... Communally owned land was excluded from the property qualification, thus disenfranchising most Māori (indigenous) men ... who met all voting qualifications except that of property ...
Regulatory Taking
... refers to a situation in which a government regulates a property to such a degree that the regulation effectively amounts to an exercise of the government's ...

More definitions of "property":

  • (noun): A basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class.
    Example: "A study of the physical properties of atomic particles"
  • (noun): Something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone.
    Example: "That hat is my property"; "he is a man of property"
    Synonyms: belongings, holding, material possession
  • (noun): A construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished.
    Example: "Self-confidence is not an endearing property"
    Synonyms: attribute, dimension
  • (noun): Any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie.
    Synonyms: prop

Famous quotes containing the word property:

    The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to a uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government.
    James Madison (1751–1836)

    If property had simply pleasures, we could stand it; but its duties make it unbearable. In the interest of the rich we must get rid of it.
    Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)

    To throw obstacles in the way of a complete education is like putting out the eyes; to deny the rights of property is like cutting off the hands. To refuse political equality is like robbing the ostracized of all self-respect, of credit in the market place, of recompense in the world of work, of a voice in choosing those who make and administer the law, a choice in the jury before whom they are tried, and in the judge who decides their punishment.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902)