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

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

Full Definition of SERVITUDE

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

  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>


Middle English, from Anglo-French servitute, from Latin servitudo slavery, from servus slave
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi
SERVITUDE Defined for Kids


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

Definition of SERVITUDE for Kids

:  the condition of being a slave or of having to obey another
July 01, 2015
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