Definition of property-owning in English:



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

    ‘the property-owning middle classes’
    • ‘Churchill recognised the need to offer the post-war generation the dream of a property-owning democracy.’
    • ‘All historical struggles become struggles between groups of property-owning individuals.’
    • ‘Boyd was born into a farming, property-owning family in County Down, Ireland in 1842.’
    • ‘The world has only two sets of people: workers/peasants and the property-owning class.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He meant that the power to make laws should be exclusively vested in and controlled by the property-owning class.’
    • ‘This new civic government placed political power and representation in the hands of resident, property-owning men exclusively.’
    • ‘As the richness of the forest disappears they are becoming yet another disenfranchised community: landless in a property-owning world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although property-owning Londoners may enjoy the highest house prices in Britain, the wealth comes at a heavy price.’
    • ‘Among Bath's property-owning citizens in the fourteenth century were Ralph the Dyer, Alexander the Dyer and Richard Tucker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the South, the family operated as a property-owning unit of production, semi-autonomous and to a degree distant from the industrial economy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is the nature of property-owning classes that their members compete with each other.’
    • ‘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.’
    middle-class, property-owning, propertied, shopkeeping