[ sur-vi-tood, -tyood ]
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  1. slavery or bondage of any kind: political or intellectual servitude.

  2. compulsory service or labor as a punishment for criminals: penal servitude.

  1. Law. a right possessed by one person to use another's property.

Origin of servitude

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Late Latin servitūdō, equivalent to servi-, combining form of servus “slave” + -tūdō,-tude

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1. See slavery.

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British Dictionary definitions for servitude


/ (ˈsɜːvɪˌtjuːd) /

  1. the state or condition of a slave; bondage

  2. the state or condition of being subjected to or dominated by a person or thing: servitude to drink

  1. law a burden attaching to an estate for the benefit of an adjoining estate or of some definite person: See also easement

  2. short for penal servitude

Origin of servitude

C15: via Old French from Latin servitūdō, from servus a slave

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