What does slavery mean?

Definitions for slavery
ˈsleɪ və ri, ˈsleɪv rislav·e·ry

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word slavery.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bondage, slavery, thrall, thralldom, thraldomnoun

    the state of being under the control of another person

  2. slavery, slaveholdingnoun

    the practice of owning slaves

  3. slaverynoun

    work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay

Wiktionary

  1. slaverynoun

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

  2. slaverynoun

    A condition of servitude endured by a slave.

  3. slaverynoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Slaverynoun

    Servitude; the condition of a slave; the offices of a slave.

    Etymology: from slave.

    If my dissentings were out of errour, weakness, or obstinacy in me, yet no man can think it other than the badge and method of slavery, by savage rudeness and importunate obtrusions of violence to have the mist of his errour dispelled. Charles I .

Wikipedia

  1. Slavery

    Slavery and enslavement are the state and condition of being a slave, who cannot quit their service to another person and is treated like property. In chattel slavery, the enslaved person is legally rendered the personal property (chattel) of the slave owner. In economics, the term de facto slavery describes the conditions of unfree labour and forced labour that most slaves endure. In the course of human history, slavery was often a feature of civilisation and legal in most societies, but is now outlawed in all countries of the world, except as punishment for crime.In 2019, approximately 40 million people, of whom 26 percent were children, were enslaved throughout the world despite it being illegal. In the modern world, more than 50 percent of enslaved people provide forced labor, usually in the factories and sweatshops of the private sector of a country's economy. In the industrialised countries, human trafficking is the modern variety of slavery; in the unindustrialised countries, enslavement by debt bondage is a common form of enslaving a person, such as captive domestic servants, forced marriage, and child soldiers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slaverynoun

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

  2. Slaverynoun

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

  3. Slaverynoun

    the holding of slaves

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slavery in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slavery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of slavery in a Sentence

  1. Publilius Syrus:

    Debt is the slavery of the free.

  2. Herbert Spencer:

    All socialism involves slavery.... That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labors under coercion to satisfy another's desires. The relation admits of many gradations. Oppressive taxation is a form of slavery of the individual to the community as a whole. The essential question is -- How much is he compelled to labor for other benefit than his own, and how much can he labor for his own benefit?

  3. Joe Biden:

    Perhaps no music has had as profound and powerful an impact in shaping America's musical score as Black music, for generations, Black music has conveyed the hopes and struggles of a resilient people -- spirituals mourning the original sin of slavery and later heralding freedom from bondage, hard truths told through jazz and the sounds of Motown during the civil rights movement, and hip-hop and rhythm and blues that remind us of the work that still lies ahead.

  4. Ben Jones:

    Slavery, it ain't like it was a Southern sin, it was a national American sin. It built Wall Street and the American economy.

  5. Andrea Stuart:

    Britain was very pro-reparations when it came to giving the money over to planters at the end of slavery.

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