peonage
pe·on·age /'pē-ə-nij/ n: labor in a condition of servitude to extinguish a debt
the holding of any person to service or labor under the system known as peonage is abolished and forever prohibitedU.S. Code

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

peonage
n. Involuntary and illegal servitude to pay off a debt. Forbidden by the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


peonage
A condition of enforced servitude by which a person is restrained of his or her liberty and compelled to labor in payment of some debt or obligation.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


peonage
A condition of enforced servitude by which a person is restrained of his or her liberty and compelled to labor in payment of some debt or obligation.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • PÉONAGE — À l’origine, le péon est le travailleur agricole, non propriétaire, qui n’a que la force de ses bras pour vivre. Au XIXe siècle, quand s’est posé en Amérique latine le problème de la main d’œuvre agricole, une pratique nouvelle est apparue et a… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Peonage — Pe on*age, n. The condition of a peon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Péonage — (franz., spr. āsche, v. span. peón, Tagelöhner), ein die Stelle der Sklaverei vertretendes Lohnsystem, besonders in Mexiko und New Mexico …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • peonage — 1850, from PEON (Cf. peon) + AGE (Cf. age) …   Etymology dictionary

  • peonage — [pē′ə nij] n. 1. the condition of a peon 2. the system by which debtors or legal prisoners are held in servitude to labor for their creditors or for persons who lease their services from the state …   English World dictionary

  • peonage — /pee euh nij/, n. 1. the condition or service of a peon. 2. the practice of holding persons in servitude or partial slavery, as to work off a debt or to serve a penal sentence. [1840 50, Amer.; PEON1 + AGE] * * * Form of involuntary servitude,… …   Universalium

  • Peonage — Pe|o|na|ge 〈[ ʒə] f. 19; unz.〉 von den span. Eroberern in Mittel u. Südamerika eingeführtes System der Entlohnung, das durch Lohnvorschüsse zur Verschuldung der Peonen führte * * * Pe|o|na|ge [peo na:ʒə, engl.: pi:ənɪdʒ], die; [engl. peonage]… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Peonage — Pe|o|na|ge [peo na:ʒə, engl. pi:ənidʒ] die; <aus gleichbed. amerik. peonage zu span. peón, vgl. ↑Peon> (hist.) Lohnsystem (bes. in Mexiko), das zur Verschuldung der Peonen führte …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • peonage — noun Date: 1847 1. a. the use of laborers bound in servitude because of debt b. a system of convict labor by which convicts are leased to contractors 2. the condition of a peon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • peonage — noun a) A system of paying back debt characterized by involuntary servitude b) Indentured servitude …   Wiktionary

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