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penal servitude

noun, English Criminal Law.
imprisonment together with hard labor.
Origin of penal servitude
1855-60 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for penal servitude
  • To this day, no one knows exactly how many labored here in penal servitude.
  • Nine other soldiers have been sentenced to penal servitude for life on the same charges.
  • penal servitude, which had entailed dissolution of marriage, was abolished.
  • Her brother might have been condemned to penal servitude in her absence, but she put her cause before all else.
  • She fed those convicts condemned to penal servitude for life, and her authority was recognized among them.
  • Two others concerned in the train wreck ing were sentenced to five years at penal servitude.
British Dictionary definitions for penal servitude

penal servitude

(English criminal law) (formerly) the imprisonment of an offender and his subjection to hard labour. It was substituted for transportation in 1853 and abolished in 1948 Compare hard labour
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