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  • adj. Not propertied; not having property.


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From un- +‎ propertied.


  • Propertied (idle) class exploits unpropertied (working) class by accumulating control of the factors of production.

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  • There the new voters—unpropertied workers of one sort or another—voted Federalist.


  • As the franchise expanded to the unpropertied, Jackson defeated the Boston Brahmin John Quincy Adams in 1828, laying to rest the once-dominant principle that the masses should submit to the rule of their natural betters.

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  • Their tendency throughout history has been to create a propertied class and make it dominant over an unpropertied nation.

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  • Then there arose a bitter enmity between the propertied and the unpropertied classes, and class hatred increased in intensity until finally it led in 1524 to the Peasants' War, which convulsed almost every corner of the Empire from the Alps to the Baltic.

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  • One ingenious English argument, in contravention of these views, was that the colonists, like “nine tenths of the people of Britain” most of them unpropertied who did not choose their own representatives, were in effect represented in Parliament by those elected.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • In the course of the four acts, however, there are three scenes (II. ii; II. iii; III. i) that are not in the forest, but at unspecified and unpropertied places about the palace and Oliver's house.

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  • Thompson asserts a difference between the indigent whites of the mountains and those nearer the middle portion of North Carolina, saying that in the extreme west the inhabitants in 1860 lived the same primitive lives as their grandfathers, while unpropertied whites in the Piedmont were not socially distinguished from their more fortunate neighbors until a late date.

    The Rise of Cotton Mills in the South

  • A writer already quoted refers to the poor whites of the ante-bellum South as constituting part of the last grade of a class distinguishable from both the unpropertied and the influential landowners, which might be termed a "yeomanry," but he notices their tendency to sink rather than rise in the social order. 16

    The Rise of Cotton Mills in the South

  • Without a doubt I myself was one of that numerous gang of upper class leisured class spinsters, unemployed, unpropertied, unendowed, uneducated, without equipment or training for public service, economically dependent entirely upon others, not masters of their own leisure, however oppressively abundant that might seem to the onlooker.

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