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.
- A state of subjection to an owner or master.
- Lack of personal freedom, as to act as one chooses.
- Forced labor imposed as a punishment for crime: penal servitude in labor camps.
- Law A right that grants use of another's property.