[an-tee-sley-vuh-ree, -sleyv-ree, an-tahy-]


opposition to slavery.


of or relating to antislavery: The antislavery movement in the United States gained momentum in the early 19th century.

Origin of antislavery

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; anti- + slavery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of antislavery

Historical Examples of antislavery

  • She heard them discuss woman's rights, which had divided the antislavery ranks.

  • Almost every Sunday the antislavery Quakers met at the Anthony farm.

  • These men were in touch with Charles Sumner and other antislavery members of Congress.

  • It must be borne in mind that the antislavery movement began in the South.

    Stories Of Georgia

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • We do not oppose California on account of the antislavery clause in her constitution.

    Robert Toombs

    Pleasant A. Stovall

British Dictionary definitions for antislavery



opposed to slavery, esp slavery of Black people
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