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Old 04 March 2016, 09:51 PM
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For what it's worth, the dictionaries I consulted (the first several that came up on Google, as well as a large unabridged dictionary I have easy access to) have as a primary definition of "slave" that the person is held as chattel. Other definitions are figurative uses (like being a slave to drugs, or one's boss's slave) and only the unabridged dictionary included a definition referencing servitude. That definition included all in a condition of servitude, and gave the synonym "servant," so it was not about indentured servitude specifically.

I am not bringing this up to prove what "slave" ought to mean, but to show that there likely is something to the author's contention that, without some modifier at least, chattel slavery is what is meant by "slave" for most people.
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