Movable Property – tangible or intangible property that is not land or buildings: can be moved or displaced

. (usu. pl.) (15c)

1. Property that can be moved or displaced, such as personal goods; a tangible or intangible thing in which an interest constitutes personal property; specifically, anything that is not so attached to land as to be regarded as a part of it as determined by local law. — aka movable property; movable thing. [1]

1. That which can be changed in place, as movable property; or in time, as movable feasts or terms of court. See Wood v. George. 0 Dana (Ky.) 343; Strong v. White, 19 Conn. 245; Goddard v. Winchell, 86 Iowa, 71, 52 N. W. 1124, 17 L. R. A. 7SS, 41 Am. St Rep. 481. [2]

1. Referring to that which may be moved from one place to another. 


1. Personal property; movables. [2]

     Excerpt from David M. Walker’s The Oxford Companion to Law (1980):

     “Movables and immovables.  The main distinction drawn in later Roman law and modern systems based thereon between kinds of things subject to ownership and possession.  While basically the distinction corresponds to everyday conceptions, assigning animals and vehicles to the former and land and buildings to the latter category, particular things may be assigned to one category rather than the other for reasons of convenience.  Thus, in French law, farm implements and animals are immovables.  The distinction is also important, in international private law, more so than that between real and personal . . . . Thus, land held on lease is personal property by English law for historical reason, but in international private law it is a right in immovable property. [4]

intangible movable – a physical thing that can be moved but that cannot be touched in the usual sense, such as a legal right, light, electricity, and radioactive waves.

chattel – movable, tangible property.

  • personal chattel – a tangible good or an intangible right (such as a patent).
  • real chattel – an interest in real property that is less than a freehold or fee, such as an estate for years in land (i.e. a leasehold).



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[1]:  Black’s Law Dictionary 2nd Edition Online, “Who Is Henry Campbell Black?”:

[2] Black’s Law Dictionary Second Edition Online

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

[4]: David M. Walker, The Oxford Companion to Law 858 (1980).


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