[sley-vuh-ree, sleyv-ree]
the condition of a slave; bondage.
the keeping of slaves as a practice or institution.
a state of subjection like that of a slave: He was kept in slavery by drugs.
severe toil; drudgery.

1545–55; slave + -ery

preslavery, adjective, noun

1. thralldom, enthrallment. Slavery, bondage, servitude refer to involuntary subjection to another or others. Slavery emphasizes the idea of complete ownership and control by a master: to be sold into slavery. Bondage indicates a state of subjugation or captivity often involving burdensome and degrading labor: in bondage to a cruel master. Servitude is compulsory service, often such as is required by a legal penalty: penal servitude. 4. moil, labor. Unabridged
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slavery (ˈsleɪvərɪ)
1.  the state or condition of being a slave; a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune
2.  the subjection of a person to another person, esp in being forced into work
3.  the condition of being subject to some influence or habit
4.  work done in harsh conditions for low pay

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Example sentences for slavery
Thus, indenture followed closely on the heels of slavery in order to replace
  the slaves.
This is only one example of the contemporary fight against slavery worldwide.
Final freedom the civil war, the abolition of slavery, and the thirteenth
The first emancipation the abolition of slavery in the north.
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