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Chattel (Lat. capitale, the same word as capital and cattle), properly a single head of cattle, or a single article of movable property; in English law the term strictly includes all property which is not freehold. Interests on lands, buildings, etc., are classed as chattels real, while articles of personal property are classed as chattels personal. The rules of succession in respect of these two classes of property differ considerably. [Real Property, Personalty.]