from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Relating to, containing, or possessing land; landed.
- adj. Attached to, bound to, or arising from the land: praedial serfs.
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- adj. Of or pertaining to land or its products.
- adj. Coming from or the occupation of land.
- adj. Attached to the land (of slavery etc.); having to work on the land or an estate; deriving from the land.
In fact, he said, the term praedial larceny ought to be changed to organised crime since in many instances that is what it is.
Nothing, for instance, can be more disgraceful to human nature than the state of praedial slavery, or serfs attached to the glebe, when
In considering this subject, I shall not regard it in the first instance in reference to the present position of the slaveholding States, or the difficulties which lie in the way of their emancipating their slaves, but as a naked, abstract question -- whether it is better that the institution of praedial and domestic slavery should, or should not, exist in civilized society.
The woman declared that she was a non-praedial, and on investigation it was clearly proved that she had always been a domestic; and consequently entitled to freedom in 1838.
The apprentice was represented by his master to be a praedial -- the master testified on oath that he was registered as a praedial; but in the course of the examination it was proved that he had always been a mason; that he had labored at that trade from his boyhood, and that he knew 'nothing about the hoe,' having never worked an hour in the field.
In Barbadoes there are seven special magistrates, presiding over as many districts, marked A, B, C, &c., which include the whole of the apprentice population, praedial and non-praedial.
'Praedial' and 'non-praedial' are terms used in the apprenticeship colonies to mark the difference between the agricultural class and the domestic; the former are called _praedials_, the latter _non-praedials_.
A planter, whose negroes he was classifying, brought forward a woman whom he claimed as a praedial.
This was sufficient to prove that he was a non-praedial, and of course entitled to liberty two years sooner than he would have been as a praedial.
The defendant was ordered to prison to be tried the next day, time being given to make further inquiries about his being a praedial.