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Noun
  1. An institution or social practice of owning human beings as property, especially for use as forced laborers.
  2. A condition of servitude endured by a slave.
  3. (figuratively) A condition in which one is captivated or subjugated, as by greed or drugs.
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In 1831, a movement was on foot to agitate the question of abolishing slavery.
It was evident that this Assembly must take a definite position with reference to the question of the abolishment of slavery.
His soul tried to escape the oppression of this cosmic mechanism, and to leave the slavery of Ananke.
Every slave state had its own slave code and body of court decisions. These codes made slavery permanent in these states.
Similarly, any freedmen found to be laying false claim to membership of the Roman equestrian order were sold back into slavery.
It was not until 1837, however, that the state's first legislature passed a comprehensive slave code to regulate slaves, slavery, and free blacks.

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