Definition of property-owning in English:



  • (of a person or group) possessing property or land.

    ‘the property-owning middle classes’
    • ‘He meant that the power to make laws should be exclusively vested in and controlled by the property-owning class.’
    • ‘As the richness of the forest disappears they are becoming yet another disenfranchised community: landless in a property-owning world.’
    • ‘The right to buy council houses, which underpinned the Thatcherite dogma of turning Britain into a property-owning democracy, may have gone too far, according to one influential pressure group.’
    • ‘Churchill recognised the need to offer the post-war generation the dream of a property-owning democracy.’
    • ‘Among Bath's property-owning citizens in the fourteenth century were Ralph the Dyer, Alexander the Dyer and Richard Tucker.’
    • ‘All historical struggles become struggles between groups of property-owning individuals.’
    • ‘The numerically tiny property-owning class, possibly less than 5 per cent of the population in a cotton town, often occupied 50 per cent of the land area.’
    • ‘Later, he worked on the construction of Mary Street in New Westminster, then tended land and animals for property-owning farmers, receiving a cut of the profits in return.’
    • ‘I would hate to see a return to the days of a property-owning elite which relies on family money to be able to make your way in the world.’
    • ‘Soon after his election to governor, he gained infamy among the property-owning classes by pardoning four anarchists convicted for their role in the Haymarket affair.’
    • ‘In the South, the family operated as a property-owning unit of production, semi-autonomous and to a degree distant from the industrial economy.’
    • ‘In a strategy that goes back to Benjamin Disraeli, the Liberals have sought to create, and then to cultivate, a young suburban property-owning class.’
    • ‘It is the nature of property-owning classes that their members compete with each other.’
    • ‘For the founding fathers, the ideal citizen was a white, property-owning male whose vote was a ratification of a fellow prominent citizen's trustworthiness to lead.’
    • ‘Boyd was born into a farming, property-owning family in County Down, Ireland in 1842.’
    • ‘This new civic government placed political power and representation in the hands of resident, property-owning men exclusively.’
    • ‘The efforts of socialists to organise working women to struggle for their rights in the early years of the 20th century stood sharply counterposed to the work of feminists from the property-owning classes.’
    • ‘Although property-owning Londoners may enjoy the highest house prices in Britain, the wealth comes at a heavy price.’
    • ‘Clearly there is a need for some social housing but the bland assumption key workers do not want to be part of the property-owning democracy is far from the truth.’
    • ‘The world has only two sets of people: workers/peasants and the property-owning class.’
    middle-class, propertied, shopkeeping
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