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[proh-sley-vuh-ree, -sleyv-ree] /proʊˈsleɪ və ri, -ˈsleɪv ri/
favoring slavery.
U.S. History. favoring the continuance of the institution of slavery of blacks, or opposed to interference with it.
the favoring or support of slavery.
Origin of proslavery
1830-40, Americanism; pro-1 + slavery
Related forms
proslaver, noun
proslaveryism, noun Unabridged
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  • The pro-slavery clause was not the offense in the constitution, to his mind.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
  • The history of all the pro-slavery churches in America is proof of this remark.

    The Slavery Question John Lawrence
  • The pro-slavery men met at Lecompton, in March, and adopted a Constitution permitting slavery.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • I have been chased in the North by a pro-slavery mob—never in the South.

    Dixie After the War Myrta Lockett Avary
  • While this is going on in the states, a pro-slavery, political board of health is established at Washington.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • It was not an anti-slavery victory, but a pro-slavery defeat.

    Liberty In The Nineteenth Century Frederic May Holland
  • While living in Arizona he incurred the displeasure of the pro-slavery politicians, who ruled the territory.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • This forceful intervention was fatal to the pro-slavery propaganda.

    John Brown, Soldier of Fortune Hill Peebles Wilson
  • In closing he touched briefly on the history of the pro-slavery agitation.

    Thomas Hart Benton Theodore Roosevelt
British Dictionary definitions for pro-slavery


in favour of or supporting slavery
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Word Origin and History for pro-slavery

1825, from pro- + slavery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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