[proh-sley-vuh-ree, -sleyv-ree]


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 formspro·slav·er, nounpro·slav·er·y·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

1825, from pro- + slavery.

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