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Servituden. [L. servitudo: cf. F. servitude.].
  •  The state of voluntary or compulsory subjection to a master; the condition of being bound to service; the condition of a slave; slavery; bondage; hence, a state of slavish dependence.  [1913 Webster]
    "You would have sold your king to slaughter,
    His princes and his peers to servitude.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "A splendid servitude; . . . for he that rises up early, and goes to bed late, only to receive addresses, is really as much abridged in his freedom as he that waits to present one."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Servants, collectively.  [1913 Webster]
    "After him a cumbrous train
    Of herds and flocks, and numerous servitude.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  A right whereby one thing is subject to another thing or person for use or convenience, contrary to the common right.  [1913 Webster]
    " The object of a servitude is either to suffer something to be done by another, or to omit to do something, with respect to a thing. The easements of the English correspond in some respects with the servitudes of the Roman law. Both terms are used by common law writers, and often indiscriminately. The former, however, rather indicates the right enjoyed, and the latter the burden imposed."  Ayliffe. Erskine. E. Washburn.  [1913 Webster]
Penal servitude. See under Penal. -- Personal servitude (Law), that which arises when the use of a thing is granted as a real right to a particular individual other than the proprietor. -- Predial servitude (Law), that which one estate owes to another estate. When it related to lands, vineyards, gardens, or the like, it is called rural; when it related to houses and buildings, it is called urban.


Servitude, n.
1 slavery.
2 subjection (esp. involuntary); bondage.
3 Law the subjection of property to an easement.

ME f. OF f. L servitudo -inis f. servus slave



absolutism, attendance, bond service, bondage, captivity, control, debt slavery, deprivation of freedom, disenfranchisement, disfranchisement, domination, employ, employment, enslavement, enthrallment, feudalism, feudality, helotism, helotry, indentureship, ministration, ministry, peonage, restraint, serfdom, serfhood, servility, servitium, servitorship, slavery, subjection, subjugation, tendance, thrall, thralldom, tyranny, vassalage, villenage, yoke




N subjection, dependence, dependency, subordination, thrall, thralldom, thraldom, enthrallment, subjugation, bondage, serfdom, feudalism, feudality, vassalage, villenage, slavery, enslavement, involuntary servitude, conquest, service, servitude, servitorship, tendence, employ, tutelage, clientship, liability, constraint, oppression, yoke, submission, obedience, subject, dependent, subordinate, feudal, feudatory, in subjection to, under control, in leading strings, in harness, subjected, enslaved, constrained, downtrodden, overborne, overwhelmed, under the lash, on the hip, led by the nose, henpecked, the puppet of, the sport of, the plaything of, under one's orders, under one's command, under one's thumb, a slave to, at the mercy of, in the power of, in the hands of, in the clutches of, at the feet of, at one's beck and call, liable, parasitical, stipendiary, under, slaves - in a land of light and law.

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