See: servitude, subjection, thrall

SERVITUS, civil law. A service or servitude; a burden imposed by law, or the agreement of parties upon certain persons, for the benefit of others; or upon one estate for the advantage of another, or for the benefit of another person than the owner.

SERVITUS. Servitude; slavery; a state of bondage. "Servitus autem, est constitutio," say the Institutes of Justinian, 1, 3, 2, "qua quis dominio alieno contra naturam subjicitur." Servitude is a disposition of the law of nations, by which, against common right, one man has been subjected to the dominion of another. See Bract. 4 b; Co. Litt. 116.

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There are, of course, times when an individual's liberty takes the form of an election to conform, an Augustinian libera servitus.
Indeed, this is expressed well by the Latin maxim, misera est servitus ubi jus est aut incognitum aut vagum ("miserable is that state of slavery in which the law is unknown or uncertain").
Any doubt was removed when Justice Cartwright reaffirmed "the ancient warning" ubi jus est aut incertum, ibi maxima servitus prevalebit (where the law is either vague or uncertain, there the greatest slavery will prevail) as one that should not be forgotten.
67) Ibid: "Sicut e contra servitus est maxima miseria.
Brett responds by qualifying servitus as understood by Aquinas.
there is ample evidence that he was disposed to point out the inherent or inchoate opposition between the natural law and servitus, whether the relatively benign, medieval form akin to serfdom, or the virulent embodiment of it based on race.