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Definition: Penal servitude
, n. [L. servitudo: cf. F. servitude.]
1. 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
You would have sold your king to slaughter,
His princes and his peers to servitude. --Shak.
A splendid servitude; . . . for he that rises up
early, and goes to bed late, only to receive
addresses, is really as much abridged in his freedom
as he that waits to present one. --South.
2. Servants, collectively. [Obs.]
After him a cumbrous train
Of herds and flocks, and numerous servitude.
3. (Law) A right whereby one thing is subject to another
thing or person for use or convenience, contrary to the
Note: The object of a servitude is either to suffer something
to be done by another, or to omit to do something, with
respect to a thing. The easements of the English
correspond in some respects with the servitudes of the
Roman law. Both terms are used by common law writers,
and often indiscriminately. The former, however, rather
indicates the right enjoyed, and the latter the burden
imposed. --Ayliffe. Erskine. E. Washburn.
. See under Penal
(Law), that which arises when the use of
a thing is granted as a real right to a particular
individual other than the proprietor.
(Law), that which one estate owes to
another estate. When it related to lands, vineyards,
gardens, or the like, it is called rural; when it related
to houses and buildings, it is called urban.
, a. [L. poenalis, fr. poena punishment: cf. F.
p['e]nal. See Pain
Of or pertaining to punishment, to penalties, or to crimes
and offenses; pertaining to criminal jurisprudence: as:
(a) Enacting or threatening punishment; as, a penal statue;
the penal code.
(b) Incurring punishment; subject to a penalty; as, a
penalact of offense.
(c) Inflicted as punishment; used as a means of punishment;
as, a penal colony or settlement. “Adamantine chains and
(Law), a code of laws concerning crimes and
offenses and their punishment.
, Penal statutes
(Law), laws prohibited certain
acts, and imposing penalties for committing them.
, imprisonment with hard labor, in a prison,
in lieu of transportation. [Great Brit.]
, Penal action
(Law), a suit for penalties.