servitude
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French servitute, from Latin servitudo slavery, from servus slave Date: 15th century 1. a condition in which one lacks liberty especially to determine one's course of action or way of life 2. a right by which something (as a piece of land) owned by one person is subject to a specified use or enjoyment by another

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  • servitude — [ sɛrvityd ] n. f. • fin XIIe; bas lat. servitudo 1 ♦ Vx Esclavage; servage. ♢ (XVe) Mod. État de dépendance totale d une personne ou d une nation soumise à une autre. ⇒ asservissement, soumission, sujétion. La servitude dans laquelle les femmes… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • servitude — ser·vi·tude / sər və ˌtüd, ˌtyüd/ n 1: a condition in which an individual lacks liberty esp. to determine his or her course of action or way of life; specif: the state of being a slave involuntary servitude see also amendment xiii and amendment… …   Law dictionary

  • servitude — Servitude. s. f. Servage, esclavage, estat de celuy qui est serf. Mettre en servitude. le joug de la servitude. delivrer, tirer de servitude. sortir de servitude. Il signifie aussi, L engagement de celuy ou de celle qui sert en qualité de… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Servitude — Serv i*tude, n. [L. servitudo: cf. F. servitude.] 1. The state of voluntary or compulsory subjection to a master; the condition of being bound to service; the condition of a slave; slavery; bondage; hence, a state of slavish dependence. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Servitude — may refer to:* Service * Conscription * Employment * Slavery * Indentured servitude * Involuntary servitude * Penal servitude * Servitude (BDSM) * Equitable servitude, a term of real estate law * Servitude in civil law …   Wikipedia

  • servitude — servitude, slavery, bondage agree in meaning the state of subjection to a master. Servitude may refer to the state of a person, or of a class of persons, or of a race that is bound to obey the will of a master, a lord, or a sovereign, and lacks… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • servitude — ou subjection de ceux qui sont serfs à quelque seigneur, Seruitus, vel Seruitudo. Champs ou maisons qui doibvent servitude, et sont chargez comme de recevoir les esgous, ou autres choses semblables, Serua domus, Serua praedia. Delivrer de… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • servitude — late 15c., condition of being enslaved, from M.Fr. servitude, from L.L. servitudo slavery, from L. servus a slave (see SERVE (Cf. serve)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • servitude — [sʉr′və to͞od΄, sʉr′vətyo͞od΄] n. [ME < MFr < L servitudo < servus, slave: see SERF] 1. the condition of a slave, serf, or the like; subjection to a master; slavery or bondage 2. work imposed as punishment for crime 3. Law the burden… …   English World dictionary

  • servitude — s. f. Servidão …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • servitude — [n] slavery bondage, bonds, chains, confinement, enslavement, obedience, peonage, serfdom, serfhood, subjection, subjugation, thrall, thralldom, vassalage, yoke; concepts 388,410 Ant. mastery …   New thesaurus

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