- slavery or bondage of any kind: political or intellectual servitude.
- compulsory service or labor as a punishment for criminals: penal servitude.
- Law. a right possessed by one person to use another’s property.
- the state or condition of a slave; bondage
- the state or condition of being subjected to or dominated by a person or thingservitude to drink
- law a burden attaching to an estate for the benefit of an adjoining estate or of some definite personSee also easement
- short for penal servitude
n.early 15c., “condition of being enslaved,” from Old French servitude, servitute (13c.) and directly from Late Latin servitudo “slavery,” from Latin servus “a slave” (see serve (v.)) + abstract noun suffix.