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 for Penal servitude
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Servitude \Serv"i*tude\, n. [L. servitudo: cf. F. servitude.]
     1. The state of voluntary or compulsory subjection to a
        master; the condition of being bound to service; the
        condition of a slave; slavery; bondage; hence, a state of
        slavish dependence.
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              You would have sold your king to slaughter,
              His princes and his peers to servitude. --Shak.
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              A splendid servitude; . . . for he that rises up
              early, and goes to bed late, only to receive
              addresses, is really as much abridged in his freedom
              as he that waits to present one.      --South.
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     2. Servants, collectively. [Obs.]
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              After him a cumbrous train
              Of herds and flocks, and numerous servitude.
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     3. (Law) A right whereby one thing is subject to another
        thing or person for use or convenience, contrary to the
        common right.
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     Note: The object of a servitude is either to suffer something
           to be done by another, or to omit to do something, with
           respect to a thing. The easements of the English
           correspond in some respects with the servitudes of the
           Roman law. Both terms are used by common law writers,
           and often indiscriminately. The former, however, rather
           indicates the right enjoyed, and the latter the burden
           imposed. --Ayliffe. Erskine. E. Washburn.
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     Penal servitude. See under Penal.
     Personal servitude (Law), that which arises when the use of
        a thing is granted as a real right to a particular
        individual other than the proprietor.
     Predial servitude (Law), that which one estate owes to
        another estate. When it related to lands, vineyards,
        gardens, or the like, it is called rural; when it related
        to houses and buildings, it is called urban.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Penal \Pe"nal\, a. [L. poenalis, fr. poena punishment: cf. F.
     p['e]nal. See Pain.]
     Of or pertaining to punishment, to penalties, or to crimes
     and offenses; pertaining to criminal jurisprudence: as:
     (a) Enacting or threatening punishment; as, a penal statue;
         the penal code.
     (b) Incurring punishment; subject to a penalty; as, a penal
         act or offense.
     (c) Inflicted as punishment; used as a means of punishment;
         as, a penal colony or settlement. "Adamantine chains and
         penal fire." --Milton.
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     Penal code (Law), a code of laws concerning crimes and
        offenses and their punishment.
     Penal laws, Penal statutes (Law), laws prohibiting
        certain acts, and imposing penalties for committing them.
     Penal servitude, imprisonment with hard labor, in a prison,
        in lieu of transportation. [Great Brit.]
     Penal suit, Penal action (Law), a suit for penalties.
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