Meaning of “slavery” in the English Dictionary

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"slavery" in British English

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slaverynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈsleɪ.vər.i/ us /ˈsleɪ.ɚ.i/

C1 the activity of having slaves or the condition of being a slave:

Slavery still exists in many parts of the world.
Millions of Africans were sold into slavery.

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  • William Wilberforce campaigned for the abolition of slavery.
  • The American Civil War was fought between the North and the South partly over the issue of slavery.
  • Beneath the surface of contemporary West Indian life lurk memories of slavery.
  • France abolished slavery on April 27, 1848.
  • His African-American parents had fled from Kentucky to escape slavery.

(Definition of “slavery” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slavery" in American English

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slaverynoun [ U ]

us /ˈsleɪ·və·ri/

social studies the condition of being legally owned by someone else, or the system in which some people are owned by others

(Definition of “slavery” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)