from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. movables; chattels; -- opposed to real estate or property. It usually consists of things temporary and movable, including all subjects of property not of a freehold nature.
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- n. movable property (as distinguished from real estate)
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For though Ethel would not denude the Court of its ancient furniture and ornaments, there were many things belonging to the personal estate of the late Squire which had been given to her by his will, and could not be left behind.
I, Yves Antoine Joris, Captain in the Merchant Service, hereby give and bequeath all the real and personal estate of which I shall be possessed at the time of my decease to my servant Julie Legrand, in gratitude for her faithful service.
On the twofold consideration that this tax did not touch personal estate and that property held in unacknowledged mortmain evaded it, the Third republic passed the following enactments.