servient

adj.

1640s, from Latin servientem "subordinate," present participle of servire "be a servant, be a slave" (see serve (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for servient

Historical Examples of servient

  • It does not presuppose any promise on the part of the servient owner.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • For such rights might exist to active services which had to be performed by the person who held the servient estate.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • There must exist a right against the servient owner before there is a right against anybody else.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • This seems to be written of a rural servitude (aqua) which was lost by mere disuse, without adverse user by the servient owner.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • Suppose I take this book and change it immediately into a servient human being.

    Hell

    Robert G. Ingersoll