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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Chose  \Chose\,  n.;  pl  {Choses}.  [F.,  fr  L.  causa  cause 
  reason.  See  {Cause}.]  (Law) 
  A  thing  personal  property. 
  {Chose  in  action},  a  thing  of  which  one  has  not  possession  or 
  actual  enjoyment,  but  only  a  right  to  it  or  a  right  to 
  demand  it  by  action  at  law,  and  which  does  not  exist  at 
  the  time  in  specie;  a  personal  right  to  a  thing  not 
  reduced  to  possession,  but  recoverable  by  suit  at  law;  as 
  a  right  to  recover  money  due  on  a  contract,  or  damages  for 
  a  tort,  which  can  not  be  enforced  against  a  reluctant 
  party  without  suit. 
  {Chose  in  possession},  a  thing  in  possession,  as 
  distinguished  from  a  thing  in  action 
  {Chose  local},  a  thing  annexed  to  a  place  as  a  mill. 
  {Chose  transitory},  a  thing  which  is  movable.  --Cowell.