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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British Dictionary definitions for penal servitude
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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