servitude

[sur-vi-tood, -tyood]
noun
1.
slavery or bondage of any kind: political or intellectual servitude.
2.
compulsory service or labor as a punishment for criminals: penal servitude.
3.
Law. a right possessed by one person to use another's property.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin servitūdō, equivalent to servi-, combining form of servus slave + -tūdō, -tude


1. serfdom, thralldom. See slavery.


1. liberty.
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servitude (ˈsɜːvɪˌtjuːd)
 
n
1.  the state or condition of a slave; bondage
2.  the state or condition of being subjected to or dominated by a person or thing: servitude to drink
3.  law See also easement a burden attaching to an estate for the benefit of an adjoining estate or of some definite person
4.  short for penal servitude
 
[C15: via Old French from Latin servitūdō, from servus a slave]

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servitude
1471, "condition of being enslaved," from M.Fr. servitude, from L.L. servitudo "slavery," from L. servus "a slave" (see serve).
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Example sentences
Liberation from indentured servitude is an entirely worthy objective.
Indentured servitude developed as a way around this.
After a few successful years, the fighters were often released from servitude
  to their troupes.
Hence, they are more likely to fall into servitude if they owe money to
  employers or landlords.
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