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SERVITUDES, NATURAL, civil law. Those servitudes which arise in consequence of the nature of the soil.
     2. By law the inferior heritages, are submitted in relation to the natural flow of waters, and the like, to the superior. An inferior field is, therefore, subject to the injury or prejudice which the situation of the ground, in its natural state, way cause it.

SERVITUDES, personal. Those by which the property of a subject, in Scotland, is burdened in favor, not of a tenement, but of a person. Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. B. 2, t. 9, s. 23. Life rent is the only personal servitude there.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in classic literature ?
"A new servitude! There is something in that," I soliloquised
Yes, yes; I will become his bonds man—his slave, Is it not an honorable servitude, old man?”
Once I was a monarch of the forest, as my antlers fully prove; but now, in my present upholstered condition of servitude, I am compelled to fly through the air -- my legs being of no use to me whatever.
Love's sweet servitude was a thing of which he had no comprehension.
Cassy had always kept over Legree the kind of influence that a strong, impassioned woman can ever keep over the most brutal man; but, of late, she had grown more and more irritable and restless, under the hideous yoke of her servitude, and her irritability, at times, broke out into raving insanity; and this liability made her a sort of object of dread to Legree, who had that superstitious horror of insane persons which is common to coarse and uninstructed minds.
It is then instructed in the arts of dependence and servitude and eventually turned loose to prey upon the world as a bootblack or scullery maid.
Apostat, still thou errst, nor end wilt find Of erring, from the path of truth remote: Unjustly thou deprav'st it with the name Of SERVITUDE to serve whom God ordains, Or Nature; God and Nature bid the same, When he who rules is worthiest, and excells Them whom he governs.
If the Order is confirmed, a conveyance is registered in implement of the Order which may vary or extinguish rights to enforce real burdens and servitudes affecting the land and/or disapply a development management scheme affecting the land.
L'organisme Nature-Action Quebec, actif en Monteregie, qui a constitue plusieurs servitudes de conservation dans le secteur du Mont Rougemont, enonce clairement cet objectif de perennite, ces dernieres ayant ete mises en place dans le but de << profiter de la montagne et la preserver pour toujours >> [nos italiques] (114).
Le classement de ce site archeologique qui temoigne de l'art parietal saharien de la periode du neolithique, entraine une definition des servitudes et obligations a la charge des occupants de cet espace archeologique et de sa zone de protection, est-il precise dans le document officiel.