Definitions

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  • adj. Without property—things owned.
  • adj. Having no properties—attributes or abstract qualities associated with an object.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial laborers

Etymologies

property +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And for decades they resisted extending the franchise to less favored groups such as propertyless working men, immigrants, racial minorities, and women.

    Political Affairs Magazine

  • In the bourgeois mind a class struggle is a terrible and hateful thing, and yet that is precisely what socialism is, -- a world-wide class struggle between the propertyless workers and the propertied masters of workers.

    Preface

  • Sure, laws against theft hurt the utterly destitute and completely propertyless, but they sure do keep society together and prosperous for the other 99%.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Results of VC Reader Poll

  • Mossoff: Cohen agrees that there can be propertyless value and valueless property.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Even many radical English whigs firmly believed that the propertyless were not fit to exercise political authority.

    Matthew Yglesias » George Will’s Odd Aversion to Democracy

  • To forestall that danger — specifically, the danger that the propertyless majority would tyranically tax away the property of the minority — they constructed their beautiful governmental framework of limited and enumerated powers, with its checks and balances for extra restraint.

    Bracing Brew

  • Unbalanced ratios of men to women meant most women got married; but since men tended to marry later than women, many of those brides were widowed. 38 While there are numerous examples of women amassing significant wealth through serial widowhood, there are also cautionary tales like that of twice-widowed Maria Vosloo, whose resources dissipated during her third marriage to a propertyless former Company sailor. 39

    Belongings: Property, Family, and Identity in Colonial South Africa

  • These were the Scylla and Charybdis of democratic capitalism: on the one side, mob rule by propertyless democratic majorities; on the other side, oligarchic rule by the affluent.

    Winner-Take-All Politics

  • In the US at least, where slaves were property and produced work, their condition materially tended to be better than that of either indentured servants or propertyless proletariat.

    Not only are they better capitalists, but better peacemakers too? « Antiwar.com Blog

  • The state originated in conquest and confiscation, as a device for maintaining the stratification of society permanently into two classes - an owning and exploiting class, relatively small, and a propertyless dependent class ...

    FROM ENCLOSURE TO FORECLOSURE �� How Today's Capitalism Ruins Society, Economy, and Environment

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