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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
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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