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n.1.(Feudal Law) Villanage.
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Slavery is indistinguishable from villenage, the court asserted,
Who knows," asked the New-York Daily Tribune, "but we may see revived [in the South] the feudal tenures--maiden-right, wardship, baronial robberies, the seizure of white children for the market, military service, and the horrible hardships of villenage which men have fondly deemed forever abolished" as the logical corollaries of slavery.
The practice of slavery was relatively new in the new world, but there were other forms of involuntary servitude that had a history in Europe called villenage, which was inheritable from generation to generation and characterized by servile conditions.