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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

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

  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 of servitude

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


First Known Use: 15th century


SERVITUDE Defined for Kids

servitude

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

Definition of servitude

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





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