American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A state of subjection to an owner or master.
- n. Lack of personal freedom, as to act as one chooses.
- n. Forced labor imposed as a punishment for crime: penal servitude in labor camps.
- n. Law A right that grants use of another's property.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition of a slave or servant; the state of subjection to a master; slavery; bondage.
- n. Menial service or condition.
- n. Compulsory service or labor, such as a criminal has to undergo as a punishment: as, penal servitude. See penal.
- n. Service rendered in duty performed in the army or navy. Compare service, 6.
- n. A state of spiritual, moral, or mental bondage or subjection; compulsion; subordination.
- n. Servants collectively.
- n. In law, the burden of an easement; the condition of a tenement which is subject to some right of enjoyment by another than the owner of the tenement, in virtue of his ownership of another tenement. (See easement.) In Roman law, a right to use or deal with, in a given and definite manner, a thing belonging to another. As to real estate, it is nearly equivalent or correlative to the easement of the common law, except that it also embraces rights to take the fruits of the servient estate, which in English law are not called
easements, but profits à prendre.
- n. Synonyms Serfdom, thraldom, vassalage, peonage.
- n. 1 and Servitude, Slavery, Bondage. These words express involuntary subjection, and are in the order of strength. Servitude is the general word, its application to voluntary service being obsolete. Slavery emphasizes the completeness and the degradation of the state. Bondage, literally the state of being bound, is used chiefly in elevated style or figurative senses: as, bondage to appetite; Egyptian bondage. Servitude is the only one of these words that applies to compulsory and unpaid service required as a legal penalty; the phrase penal servitude is very common. See serf and captivity.
- n. In civil and Scots law, the subjection of a person or thing to another person or thing. The word is generally used as meaning an easement or real servitude.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. obsolete Servants, collectively.
- n. (Law) A right whereby one thing is subject to another thing or person for use or convenience, contrary to the common right.
- n. state of subjection to an owner or master or forced labor imposed as punishment
- Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin servitūdō, from Latin servus, slave. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The reason outlaw peonage, slavery, sweatshops, pimping, and other forms of bound servitude is because they are a logical extension of a market economy and will always exist if they are not outlawed.”
“It is usually white delusion that makes us think they'd select the name of someone who kept them in servitude and destroyed their family unit.”
“The abjectness of their servitude is incomprehensible to us.”
“In our country, May 27th is a day for celebration, a day when the people of Guadeloupe remember the struggle led by Ignace, Delgrès, Masoto and Solitude for the liberation of Guadeloupeans, who were held in servitude by the French colonialists.”
“The German Garden is no longer divided and should not be allowed to be fully owned and held in servitude of the Empire, but must be set free of that ownership and servitude, with the German soil, made that of the German people and only the German people, its fruits that of the German people, free of the past division and Empire troops of occupation.”
“They think that they are the elites and the enlightened ones that require servitude from the peasant-looking Hoosiers.”
“Erika Five is fresh out of the vat from which she was spawned and is given a crash course in servitude and classism as Victor's wife.”
“Keep building up the national debt and we will be in servitude before long.”
““To say that the systematic condemnation of millions to bondage and generation upon generation to servitude is ‘not significant,’ or that the tearing apart of families and the selling of human beings as cattle ‘doesn't amount to diddly’ is outrageous for any public official to say, let alone a man Republicans have placed in a position of leadership.””
“Read the Constitution closely – involuntary servitude is still allowable in regard to convicts.”
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