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Meaning of property

prop•er•ty

Pronunciation: (prop'ur-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. that which a person owns; the possession or possessions of a particular owner: They lost all their property in the fire.
  2. goods, land, etc., considered as possessions: The corporation is a means for the common ownership of property.
  3. a piece of land or real estate: property on Main Street.
  4. ownership; right of possession, enjoyment, or disposal of anything, esp. of something tangible: to have property in land.
  5. something at the disposal of a person, a group of persons, or the community or public: The secret of the invention became common property.
  6. an essential or distinctive attribute or quality of a thing: the chemical and physical properties of an element.
    1. any attribute or characteristic.
    2. (in Aristotelian logic) an attribute not essential to a species but always connected with it and with it alone.
  7. Also calleda usually movable item, other than costumes or scenery, used on the set of a theater production, motion picture, etc.; any object handled or used by an actor in a performance.
  8. a written work, play, movie, etc., bought or optioned for commercial production or distribution.
  9. a person, esp. one under contract in entertainment or sports, regarded as having commercial value: an actor who was a hot property at the time.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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