proslavery

[ proh-sley-vuh-ree, -sleyv-ree ]
/ proʊˈsleɪ və ri, -ˈsleɪv ri /
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adjective

favoring slavery.
U.S. History. favoring the continuance of the institution of slavery of blacks, or opposed to interference with it.

noun

the favoring or support of slavery.

Nearby words

  1. prosimian,
  2. prosiness,
  3. prosit,
  4. proskomide,
  5. proskurov,
  6. prosodemic,
  7. prosodic,
  8. prosodist,
  9. prosody,
  10. prosoma

Origin of proslavery

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; pro-1 + slavery

Related formspro·slav·er, nounpro·slav·er·y·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for pro-slavery

proslavery

/ (ˌprəʊˈsleɪvərɪ) /

adjective

in favour of or supporting slavery
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Word Origin and History for pro-slavery

pro-slavery

adj.

1825, from pro- + slavery.

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