Definition of forced labor
1 : very hard physical work that someone is forced to do The prisoners endured years of forced labor.
2 : a group of people who are made to work very hard for no money; also : a system that allows this The railroad was built with/by forced labor.
Word by Word Definitions
: compelled by force or necessity : involuntary
: done or produced with effort, exertion, or pressure
: expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory
: human activity that provides the goods or services in an economy
: the services performed by workers for wages as distinguished from those rendered by entrepreneurs for profits
: to exert one's powers of body or mind especially with painful or strenuous effort : work
: to move with great effort
: to be in the labor of giving birth
: of or relating to labor
: of, relating to, or constituting a political party held to represent the interests of workers or made up largely of organized labor groups
Legal Definition of forced labor
: the act of providing or obtaining the labor of a person by use of or threat of force, physical restraint, serious harm (as physical, psychological, financial, or reputational), or abuse of legal process
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