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servitude

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noun ser·vi·tude \ˈsər-və-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Simple Definition of servitude

  • : the condition of being a slave or of having to obey another person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of servitude

  1. 1 :  a condition in which one lacks liberty especially to determine one's course of action or way of life

  2. 2 :  a right by which something (as a piece of land) owned by one person is subject to a specified use or enjoyment by another

Examples of servitude in a sentence

  1. <the Fugitive Slave Act had the effect of returning slaves who had made it to freedom in the North to a brutal life of servitude in the South>



Origin and Etymology of servitude

Middle English, from Anglo-French servitute, from Latin servitudo slavery, from servus slave


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with servitude

altitude, amplitude, aptitude, attitude, certitude, comfort food, consuetude, crassitude, desuetude, finger food, finitude, fortitude, gratitude, habitude, hebetude, interlude, lassitude, latitude, longitude, magnitude, mansuetude, multitude, negritude, platitude, plenitude, promptitude, pulchritude, quietude, rectitude, seminude, solitude, turpitude, vastitude


SERVITUDE Defined for Kids

servitude

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noun ser·vi·tude \ˈsər-və-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of servitude for Students

  1. :  the condition of being a slave or of having to obey another




Law Dictionary

servitude

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noun ser·vi·tude \ˈsər-və-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Legal Definition of servitude

  1. 1 :  a condition in which an individual lacks liberty especially to determine his or her course of action or way of life; specifically :  the state of being a slave <involuntary servitude>

  2. 2 :  a right by which property owned by one person is subject to a specified use or enjoyment of another —used chiefly in the civil law of Louisiana — see also dominant estate and servient estate at estate 4 — compare easement apparent servitude :  a predial servitude whose existence is perceivable by exterior signs or works (as an aqueduct or road) on the property legal servitude :  a predial servitude that is created by a limitation under the law on the use of the property natural servitude :  a predial servitude that arises from the situation of the estates (as from one being situated downhill from another) personal servitude :  a servitude that burdens property in favor of a specific named person — see also right of use, usufruct predial servitude :  a servitude that burdens one item of immovable property (as a tract of land) in favor of another Editor's note: A predial servitude is transferred along with the ownership of the dominant estate, and the servient estate is always taken subject to the servitude. A predial servitude cannot be transferred separately from the dominant estate.





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