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 xv to the constitution in the back matter
2: a right by which property owned by one person is subject to a specified use or enjoyment of another
— used chiefly in the civil law of Louisiana see also dominant estate and servient estate at estate 4 compare easement
apparent servitude: a predial servitude whose existence is perceivable by exterior signs or works (as an aqueduct or road) on the property
legal servitude: a predial servitude that is created by a limitation under the law on the use of the property
natural servitude: a predial servitude that arises from the situation of the estates (as from one being situated downhill from another)
personal servitude: a servitude that burdens property in favor of a specific named person see also right of use, usufruct
predial servitude: a servitude that burdens one item of immovable property (as a tract of land) in favor of another
◇ A predial servitude is transferred along with the ownership of the dominant estate, and the servient estate is always taken subject to the servitude. A predial servitude cannot be transferred separately from the dominant estate.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun bonds, burden, captivity, charge, compulsion, enslavement, enthrallment, fetters, helotism, helotry, indenture, obedience, oppression, restraint, service, servitium, servitus, slavery, subjection, subjugation, submission, subordination, subservience, suppression, thrall, thralldom associated concepts: involuntary servitude, penal servitude, real servitude II index adhesion (loyalty), bondage, homage, restraint, subjection, thrall

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) The condition of being enslaved; the condition of a person who is bound to work for another person as a servant, either voluntarily or involuntarily;
see also indenture
(2) An obligation or encumbrance on land that takes the form of a burden or restriction on the landowner, as opposed to an easement, which is a right or privilege enjoyed by the owner of the estate that claims it.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

1 A right to use another's property without ownership.
2 A condition of enforced compulsory service.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The state of a person who is subjected, voluntarily or involuntarily, to another person as a servant. A charge or burden resting upon one estate for the benefit or advantage of another.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The state of a person who is subjected, voluntarily or involuntarily, to another person as a servant. A charge or burden resting upon one estate for the benefit or advantage of another.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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