peonage

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noun pe·on·age \ˈpē-ə-nij\

Definition of peonage

  1. 1a :  the use of laborers bound in servitude because of debtb :  a system of convict labor by which convicts are leased to contractors

  2. 2 :  the condition of a peon

First Known Use of peonage

1844


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peonage

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noun pe·on·age \ˈpē-ə-nij\

Legal Definition of peonage

  1. :  labor in a condition of servitude to extinguish a debt the holding of any person to service or labor under the system known as peonage is abolished and forever prohibited — U.S. Code


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