What you own or have, like a car or clothes, is your property. The qualities that a thing has are its properties. Aloe is a plant with medicinal properties — it soothes burns.

If you see a sign that says, "Private property, keep off," the land-owner does not want you to go on his or her land. If you go on it anyway, you're trespassing. You'll often hear people talking about property values. When they say this, they really just mean how much the land they own is worth. People like to talk about property values when they are on the rise. When they are falling, not so much.

Primary Meanings of property

something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone
any area set aside for a particular purpose
any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie
a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
Full Definitions of property

n something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone

“that hat is my property
“he is a man of property
belongings, holding
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material possession, tangible possession
property or belongings that are tangible
worldly belongings, worldly goods, worldly possessions
all the property that someone possess
ratables, rateables
property that provides tax income for local governments
any property (real or personal or mixed) that can be inherited
intellectual property
intangible property that is the result of creativity (such as patents or trademarks or copyrights)
community property
property and income belonging jointly to a married couple
personal estate, personal property, personalty, private property
movable property (as distinguished from real estate)
any movable possession (especially articles of clothing)
immovable, real estate, real property, realty
property consisting of houses and land
property held in common
a holding in the form of land
property or goods saved from damage or destruction
a holding in the form of shares of corporations
church property, spirituality, spiritualty
property or income owned by a church
lease, letting, rental
property that is leased or rented out or let
an item of property that is given in part payment for a new one
public property
property owned by a government
property that has economic utility: a monetary value or an exchange value
everything you own; all of your assets (whether real property or personal property) and liabilities
(law) any property that is considered by law or custom as inseparable from an inheritance is inherited with that inheritance
stockholding, stockholdings
a specific number of stocks or shares owned
something (as property) held by one party (the trustee) for the benefit of another (the beneficiary)
chattel, movable, personal chattel
personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc)
effects, personal effects
property of a personal character that is portable but not used in business
acres, demesne, estate, land, landed estate
extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use
temporality, temporalty
the worldly possessions of a church
benefice, ecclesiastical benefice
an endowed church office giving income to its holder
car rental, hire car, rent-a-car, self-drive, u-drive, you-drive
a rented car
sublease, sublet
a lease from one lessee to another
the land on which real estate is located
dead hand, mortmain
real property held inalienably (as by an ecclesiastical corporation)
wealth reckoned in terms of money
clobber, stuff
informal terms for personal possessions
gross estate
the total valuation of the estate's assets at the time of the person's death
net estate
the estate remaining after debts and funeral expenses and administrative expenses have been deducted from the gross estate; the estate then left to be distributed (and subject to federal and state inheritance taxes)
estate for life, life estate
(law) an estate whose duration is limited to the life of the person holding it
jointure, legal jointure
(law) an estate secured to a prospective wife as a marriage settlement in lieu of a dower
active trust
a trust in which the trustee must perform certain duties
blind trust
a trust that enables a person to avoid possible conflict of interest by transferring assets to a fiduciary; the person establishing the trust gives up the right to information about the assets
passive trust
a trust in which the trustee performs no active duties
charitable trust, public trust
a trust created for charitable or religious or educational or scientific purposes
Clifford trust, grantor trust
a trust established to shift the income to someone who is taxed at a lower rate than the grantor for a period of 10 years or more
implied trust
a trust inferred by operation of law
direct trust, express trust
a trust created by the free and deliberate act of the parties involved (usually on the basis of written documentation)
discretionary trust
a trust that gives the trustee discretion to pay the beneficiary as much of the trust income as the trustee believes appropriate
inter vivos trust, living trust
a trust created and operating during the grantor's lifetime
spendthrift trust
a trust created to maintain a beneficiary but to be secure against the beneficiary's improvidence
testamentary trust
a trust that is created under a will and that becomes active after the grantor dies
Totten trust, savings account trust, savings bank trust, trust account, trustee account
a savings account deposited by someone who makes themselves the trustee for a beneficiary and who controls it during their lifetime; afterward the balance is payable to the previously named beneficiary
voting trust
an agreement whereby persons owning stock with voting powers retain ownership while transferring the voting rights to the trustees
Type of:
anything owned or possessed

n any area set aside for a particular purpose

“the president was concerned about the property across from the White House”
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a place where boats are built or maintained or stored
a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
center, centre
a place where some particular activity is concentrated
a place where a group of people with the same interest or occupation are concentrated
a place where eggs are hatched under artificial conditions (especially fish eggs)
holy of holies, sanctum sanctorum
(Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept
(Judaism) a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus
nerve center, nerve centre
a center that provides information and control
a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product
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geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region
a demarcated area of the Earth

n any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie

custard pie
a prop consisting of an open pie filled with real or artificial custard; thrown in slapstick comedies
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object, physical object
a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

n a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

“a study of the physical properties of atomic particles”
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the property of radiation that enables it to produce photochemical effects
isotropy, symmetry
(physics) the property of being isotropic; having the same value when measured in different directions
the property of being anisotropic; having a different value when measured in different directions
characteristic, device characteristic
any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions
the property of being connected or the degree to which something has connections
duality, wave-particle duality
(physics) the property of matter and electromagnetic radiation that is characterized by the fact that some properties can be explained best by wave theory and others by particle theory
genetic endowment, heredity
the total of inherited attributes
how long something has existed
fashion, manner, mode, style, way
how something is done or how it happens
composition, constitution, make-up, makeup, physical composition
the way in which someone or something is composed
body, consistence, consistency, eubstance
the property of holding together and retaining its shape
a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing
feel, tactile property
a property perceived by touch
optical properties
visual property
an attribute of vision
aroma, odor, odour, olfactory property, scent, smell
any property detected by the olfactory system
sound property
an attribute of sound
fullness, mellowness, richness
the property of a sensation that is rich and pleasing
taste property
a property appreciated via the sense of taste
the property of containing salt (as a compound or in solution)
edibility, edibleness
the property of being fit to eat
bodily property
an attribute of the body
physical property
any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
chemical property
a property used to characterize materials in reactions that change their identity
the property of being sustainable
the property of being physically or mentally strong
the strength of a solution; number of molecules of a substance in a given volume
the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain
temporal property
a property relating to time
(of living things) capable of normal growth and development
spatial property, spatiality
any property relating to or occupying space
the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)
degree, grade, level
a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing)
the property of being water-repellent; tending to repel and not absorb water
the property of being analytic
the property of being a composite number
the property of being a prime number
the property of being selective
the property being vascular
the ability to raise the working leg high in the air
solubility, solvability
the property (of a problem or difficulty) that makes it possible to solve
insolubility, unsolvability
the property (of a problem or difficulty) that makes it impossible to solve
caliber, calibre, quality
a degree or grade of excellence or worth
having the consistency of a gas
hereditary pattern, inheritance
(genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents
chronological age
age measured by the time (years and months) that something or someone has existed
bone age
a person's age measured by matching their bone development (as shown by X rays) with bone development of an average person of known chronological age
developmental age
a measure of a child's development (in body size or motor skill or psychological function) expressed in terms of age norms
fertilization age, fetal age, gestational age
the age of an embryo counting from the time of fertilization
mental age
the level of intellectual development as measured by an intelligence test
the quality of being old; the opposite of newness
the quality of being new; the opposite of oldness
the opposite of youngness
the opposite of oldness
artistic style, idiom
the style of a particular artist or school or movement
the manner in which fabric hangs or falls
the manner in which something fits
a particular mode in which something is manifested
life style, life-style, lifestyle, modus vivendi
a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes
the way something is organized or arranged
signature, touch
a distinguishing style
a way of doing or being
the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts
what an organism looks like as a consequence of the interaction of its genotype and the environment
genetic constitution, genotype
the particular alleles at specified loci present in an organism
grain, texture
the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)
viscosity, viscousness
resistance of a liquid to shear forces (and hence to flow)
resistance to flow
a consistency of low viscosity
the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale
the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded
the consistency of something that breaks under pressure
a consistency of something that does not break under pressure
porosity, porousness
the property of being porous; being able to absorb fluids
solidity, solidness
the consistency of a solid
aptness, propensity
a disposition to behave in a certain way
a disposition to biting
a disposition in advance to react in a particular way
being disposed to do something
a disposition toward schism and secession from a larger group; the principles and practices of separatists
inclination, tendency
a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
the feel of mechanical action
the feel of a surface or a fabric
the characteristic appearance of a surface having a tactile quality
light, lightness
the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures
a lack of visual brightness
a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare
color, coloring, colour, colouring
a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect
achromaticity, achromatism, colorlessness, colourlessness
the visual property of being without chromatic color
color property
an attribute of color
bouquet, fragrance, fragrancy, redolence, sweetness
a pleasingly sweet olfactory property
fetidness, foulness, malodorousness, rankness, stinkiness
the attribute of having a strong offensive smell
having the olfactory properties of musk
the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause
quiet, silence
the absence of sound
musicality, musicalness
the property of sounding like music
an agreeable sound property
disagreeable sounds
the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
(music) the sound property resulting from a combination of organ stops used to perform a particular piece of music; the technique of selecting and adjusting organ stops
quality, timber, timbre, tone
(music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
intensity, loudness, volume
the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)
a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency
the rhythmic property imparted by the accents and relative durations of notes in a piece of music
the property of being rancid
spice, spicery, spiciness
the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored
brininess, salinity
the relative proportion of salt in a solution
the quality of being salty, as the saltiness of water
acidity, sour, sourness
the property of being acidic
sweet, sweetness
the property of tasting as if it contains sugar
bitter, bitterness
the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
palatability, palatableness
the property of being acceptable to the mouth
unpalatability, unpalatableness
the property of being unacceptable to the mouth
digestibility, digestibleness
the property of being easy to digest
indigestibility, indigestibleness
the property of being difficult to digest
the bodily attribute of being bipedal; having two feet
dominance, laterality
superior development of one side of the body
body-build, build, habitus, physique
constitution of the human body
avoirdupois, blubber, fat, fatness
excess bodily weight
leanness, spareness, thinness
the property of having little body fat
height, stature
(of a standing person) the distance from head to foot
bearing, carriage, posture
characteristic way of bearing one's body
processes and functions of an organism
physiological property
a property having to do with the functioning of the body
the property of changing readily from a solid or liquid to a vapor
absorption factor, absorptivity
(physics) the property of a body that determines the fraction of the incident radiation or sound flux absorbed or absorbable by the body
dissolubility, solubleness
the property of being dissoluble
the physical property of being soft and drippy
reflection, reflectivity, reflexion
the ability to reflect beams or rays
bending, deflection, deflexion
the property of being bent or deflected
the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity)
H, enthalpy, heat content, total heat
(thermodynamics) a thermodynamic quantity equal to the internal energy of a system plus the product of its volume and pressure
S, entropy, randomness
(thermodynamics) a thermodynamic quantity representing the amount of energy in a system that is no longer available for doing mechanical work
the property of being perceptible by the mind or the senses
invisibility, invisibleness
the quality of not being perceivable by the eye
brightness, brightness level, light, luminance, luminosity, luminousness
the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light
inaudibility, inaudibleness
the quality of not being perceptible by the ear
the property of being imperceptible by the mind or the senses
(physics) the resistance of a material to the establishment of a magnetic field in it
sensitiveness, sensitivity
the ability to respond to physical stimuli or to register small physical amounts or differences
magnetisation, magnetization
the physical property of being magnetic
elasticity, snap
the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed
malleability, plasticity
the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking
the lack of elasticity
a lack of malleability
the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field
the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity
the product of a body's mass and its velocity
good part
a place of especial strength
brawn, brawniness, heftiness, muscle, muscularity, sinew
possessing muscular strength
might, mightiness, power
physical strength
dynamism, heartiness, vigor, vigour
active strength of body or mind
hardiness, lustiness, robustness, validity
the property of being strong and healthy in constitution
huskiness, ruggedness, toughness
the property of being big and strong
littleness, smallness
the property of having relatively little strength or vigor
stalwartness, stoutness
the property of being strong and resolute
the property of something that is strongly built
firmness, soundness
the muscle tone of healthy tissue
indomitability, invincibility
the property being difficult or impossible to defeat
the power to withstand hardship or stress
the property of being invulnerable; the property of being incapable of being hurt (physically or emotionally)
intensity, intensiveness
high level or degree; the property of being intense
titer, titre
the concentration of a solution as determined by titration
hydrogen ion concentration
the number of moles of hydrogen ions per cubic decimeter
molal concentration, molality
concentration measured by the number of moles of solute per kilogram of solvent
M, molar concentration, molarity
concentration measured by the number of moles of solute per liter of solution
lack of strength or vigor (especially from illness)
feebleness, tenuity
the quality of lacking intensity or substance
the property of being without strength
flimsiness, shoddiness
the property of weakness by virtue of careless construction
delicacy, fragility
lack of physical strength
lack of solid substance and strength
the property of something that has been weakened or reduced in thickness or density
lack of vitality
susceptibility to fatigue; a tendency to get tired or lose strength
inanition, lassitude, lethargy, slackness
weakness characterized by a lack of vitality or energy
soft spot, weak part, weak spot
a place of especial vulnerability
susceptibility to injury or attack
temporal arrangement, temporal order
arrangement of events in time
duration, length
continuance in time
the tendency of a gas to expand or escape
pace, rate
the relative speed of progress or change
the spatial property of having dimensions
the property of being directional or maintaining a direction
configuration, conformation, contour, form, shape
any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
balance, correspondence, symmetricalness, symmetry
(mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
asymmetry, dissymmetry, imbalance
(mathematics) a lack of symmetry
the property of being neither parallel nor perpendicular, but at a slanting angle
attitude, position, posture
the arrangement of the body and its limbs
absolute magnitude
(astronomy) the magnitude that a star would have if it were viewed from a distance of 10 parsecs (32.62 light years) from the earth
dimension, proportion
magnitude or extent
order, order of magnitude
a degree in a continuum of size or quantity
the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
the grade of particle fineness to which a substance is ground
the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime)
degree of psychological or intellectual profundity
extra large
a garment size for a very large person
a garment size for a large person
a clothing measurement
8vo, eightvo, octavo
the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper three times to form eight leaves
an unusual garment size (especially one that is very large)
a garment size for short or slender women
4to, quarto
the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper twice to form four leaves
a garment size for persons of average height and weight
a garment size for a small person
a garment size for a large or heavy person
a garment size for a tall person
a high degree (of amount or force etc.)
a lofty level or position or degree
a low level or position or degree
a low or small degree of any quality (amount or force or temperature etc.)
the furthest or highest degree of something
greatness of magnitude
amplitude level
the level on a scale of amplitude
the property of being multiple
the property of being triple
the physical magnitude of something (how big it is)
a large magnitude
bulk, mass, volume
the property of something that is great in magnitude
greatness of quantity or measure or extent
intensity, intensity level, strength
the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation)
the relative magnitude of something with reference to a criterion
moderateness, moderation
quality of being moderate and avoiding extremes
immoderateness, immoderation
the quality of being excessive and lacking in moderation
SPF, sun protection factor
the degree to which a sunscreen protects the skin from the direct rays of the sun
the distance or area or volume over which something extends
the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place
the manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals
the appearance of the chromosomal makeup of a somatic cell in an individual or species (including the number and arrangement and size and structure of the chromosomes)
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an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

n a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

“self-confidence is not an endearing property
attribute, dimension
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character, lineament, quality
a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
characteristic, feature
a prominent attribute or aspect of something
feature, feature of speech
(linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind
sex character, sex characteristic, sexual characteristic
those characteristics (both anatomical and psychological) that are strongly associated with one sex relative to the other
the essential quality of something
a feature (quantity or property or function) that remains unchanged when a particular transformation is applied to it
aspect, facet
a distinct feature or element in a problem
attracter, attraction, attractive feature, attractor, magnet
a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts
any feature that is regarded as a sign of status (a particular power or quality or rank)
centerpiece, centrepiece
the central or most important feature
a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure
excellence, excellency
an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels
outward features
distinctive feature, distinguishing characteristic, peculiarity
an odd or unusual characteristic
safety feature
feature of an artifact that is added to insure a user's safety
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concept, conception, construct
an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

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