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Slavery Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    slavery n
  1. the state of being under the control of another person [syn: bondage, thrall, thralldom, thraldom]
  2. the practice of owning slaves [syn: slaveholding]
  3. work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay
Slavery Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Slavery \Slav"er*y\, n.; pl. Slaveries. [See 2d Slave.]
  1. The condition of a slave; the state of entire subjection of one person to the will of another. Disguise thyself as thou wilt, still, slavery, said I, still thou art a bitter draught! --Sterne. I wish, from my soul, that the legislature of this state [Virginia] could see the policy of a gradual abolition of slavery. It might prevent much future mischief. --Washington.
  2. A condition of subjection or submission characterized by lack of freedom of action or of will. The vulgar slaveries rich men submit to. --C. Lever. There is a slavery that no legislation can abolish, -- the slavery of caste. --G. W. Cable.
  3. The holding of slaves. Syn: Bondage; servitude; inthrallment; enslavement; captivity; bond service; vassalage.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Slavery'


Slavery is a system in which people are the property of others. 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 wages. In some societies it was legal for an owner to kill a slave. In others it was a crime to kill a slave.

The organization Anti-Slavery International defines slavery as "forced labour." By this definition there are approximately 27 million slaves in the world today, more than at any point in history and more than twice as many as all African slaves who survived being taken to the Americas in the Atlantic slave trade.

The International Labour Organization, however, does not equate forced labour with slavery. According to the ILO, there are estimated 12 million people around the world still working under coercion in forced labour, slavery and slavery-like practices.

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* Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery Forbid it, Almighty God I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death - Patrick Henry

* Debt is the slavery of the free. - Publilius Syrus

* Enjoy things which are pleasant that is not the evil it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is. - Thomas Carlyle


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Slavery Sample Sentences in News


  • Cameron balks at probing supply chain in UK anti-slavery bill - MP
    By Katie Nguyen LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Prime Minister David Cameron could have been an anti-slavery hero had he ensured that a draft law to combat slavery contained provisions to prevent the "evil practice" in corporate supply chains, a senior politician said. Frank Field, who chaired a parliamentary committee set up to scrutinise the Mode Read more on this news related to 'Slavery'
  • Cameron balks at probing supply chain in UK anti-slavery bill: Lawmaker
    By Katie Nguyen LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British Prime Minister David Cameron could have been an anti-slavery hero had he ensured that a draft law to combat slavery contained provisions to prevent the "evil practice" in corporate supply chains, a senior politician said. Frank Field, who chaired a parliamentary committee set up to scrutinize Read more on this news related to 'Slavery'
  • Slavery minister: Brummies must help us to crack this crime
    Karen Bradley says 3,500 people - some of who are in the West Midlands - are involved in serious organised crime gangs Read more on this news related to 'Slavery'

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