Definition of Servitude

1. Noun. State of subjection to an owner or master or forced labor imposed as punishment. "Penal servitude"

Specialized synonyms: Villainage, Villeinage
Generic synonyms: Bondage, Slavery, Thraldom, Thrall, Thralldom



Definition of Servitude

1. n. The state of voluntary or compulsory subjection to a master; the condition of being bound to service; the condition of a slave; slavery; bondage; hence, a state of slavish dependence.

Definition of Servitude

1. Noun. The state of being a slave; slavery. ¹

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Definition of Servitude

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Medical Definition of Servitude

1. 1. The state of voluntary or compulsory subjection to a master; the condition of being bound to service; the condition of a slave; slavery; bondage; hence, a state of slavish dependence. "You would have sold your king to slaughter, His princes and his peers to servitude." (Shak) "A splendid servitude; . . . For he that rises up early, and goe to bed late, only to receive addresses, is really as much abridged in his freedom as he that waits to present one." (South) 2. Servants, collectively. "After him a cumbrous train Of herds and flocks, and numerous servitude." (Milton) 3. A right whereby one thing is subject to another thing or person for use or convenience, contrary to the common right. The object of a servitude is either to suffer something to be done by another, or to omit to do something, with respect to a thing. The easements of the English correspond in some respects with the servitudes of the Roman law. Both terms are used by common law writers, and often indiscriminately. The former, however, rather indicates the right enjoyed, and the latter the burden imposed. Penal servitude. See Penal. Personal servitude, that which one estate owes to another estate. When it related to lands, vineyards, gardens, or the like, it is called rural; when it related to houses and buildings, it is called urban. Origin: L. Servitudo: cf. F. Servitude. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Servitude

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servitude (current term)
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Literary usage of Servitude

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1. Lectures on jurisprudence or the philosophy of positive law by John Austin (1885)
"For this reason,86 rights of servitude are styled by the ... Though (as I shall shew at the close of my Lecture) rights of servitude are not the only rights ..."

2. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1891)
"No one can have a servitude over property of his own (" nulli res sua servit," Dig. ... No one servitude can be the object of another, for ** servitus ..."

3. For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto by Murray Newton Rothbard (2006)
"Thus, are we really free of "slavery," of involuntary servitude in present-day America? Is the prohibition against involuntary servitude of the Thirteenth ..."

4. Report of the International Commission to Inquire Into the Causes and (1914)
"Any attempt at damaging the railway lines or navigation, shall be punished by twenty years' penal servitude. If the attempt is not premeditated the ..."

5. The Parliamentary Debates by Great Britain Parliament (1906)
"PENAL servitude ACTS (CONDITIONAL LICENCE). Copy presented, of Licence granted to Margaret Hartley, a convict under detention in Aylesbury Prison, ..."

6. The South in the Building of the Nation: A History of the Southern States by Walter Lynwood Fleming (1909)
"servitude as a form of labor organization and as a social institution in America was ... Though servitude was an evolution from free labor, and in its early ..."

7. The South in the Building of the Nation: A History of the Southern States by Walter Lynwood Fleming (1909)
"servitude as a form of labor organization and as a social institution in America was ... servitude might be defined as that legally established economic and ..."

8. Lectures on Jurisprudence: Or, The Philosophy of Positive Law by John Austin (1873)
"An affirmative servitude may clearly avail against any, J^^Jj and may be violated by ... A stranger to the soil servitude- may violate a right of common, ..."

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