Definitions for slaveryˈsleɪ və ri, ˈsleɪv ri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

slav•er•y*ˈsleɪ və ri, ˈsleɪv ri(n.)

  1. the condition of a slave; bondage.

  2. the keeping of slaves as a practice or institution.

  3. a state of subjection like that of a slave.

  4. severe toil; drudgery.

* Syn: slavery , bondage , servitude refer to involuntary subjection to another or others. slavery emphasizes the idea of complete ownership and control by a master: to be sold into slavery.bondage indicates a state of subjugation or captivity often involving burdensome and degrading labor: in bondage to a cruel master.servitude is compulsory service, often such as is required by law: penal servitude.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bondage, slavery, thrall, thralldom, thraldom(noun)

    the state of being under the control of another person

  2. slavery, slaveholding(noun)

    the practice of owning slaves

  3. slavery(noun)

    work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. slavery(noun)ˈsleɪ və ri, ˈsleɪv ri

    a system in which people are owned as slaves

    the laws that made slavery illegal


  1. slavery(Noun)

    An institution or social practice of owning human beings as property, especially for use as forced laborers.

  2. slavery(Noun)

    A condition of servitude endured by a slave.

  3. slavery(Noun)

    A condition in which one is captivated or subjugated, as by greed or drugs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slavery(noun)

    the condition of a slave; the state of entire subjection of one person to the will of another

  2. Slavery(noun)

    a condition of subjection or submission characterized by lack of freedom of action or of will

  3. Slavery(noun)

    the holding of slaves


  1. Slavery

    Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and are forced to work. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand compensation. Historically, slavery was institutionally recognized by many societies; in more recent times slavery has been outlawed in most societies but continues through the practices of debt bondage, indentured servitude, serfdom, domestic servants kept in captivity, certain adoptions in which children are forced to work as slaves, child soldiers, and forced marriage. Slavery is illegal in every country in the world, but there are still an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide; some opponents are hopeful that slavery can be eradicated by 2042. Slavery predates written records and has existed in many cultures. The number of slaves today remains as high as 12 million to 27 million. Most are debt slaves, largely in South Asia, who are under debt bondage incurred by lenders, sometimes even for generations. Human trafficking is primarily used for forcing women and children into sex industries. In pre-industrial societies, slaves and their labour were economically extremely important to those who benefitted from them. Slaves and serfs made up around three-quarters of the world's population at the beginning of the 19th century.

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the state of being a slave.

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