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noun English Criminal Law.
imprisonment together with hard labor.
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Origin of penal servitude

First recorded in 1855–60
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penal servitude

noun
English criminal law (formerly) the imprisonment of an offender and his subjection to hard labour. It was substituted for transportation in 1853 and abolished in 1948Compare hard labour
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