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 for Slave trade
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slave \Slave\ (sl[=a]v), n. [Cf. F. esclave, D. slaaf, Dan.
     slave, sclave, Sw. slaf, all fr. G. sklave, MHG. also slave,
     from the national name of the Slavonians, or Sclavonians (in
     LL. Slavi or Sclavi), who were frequently made slaves by the
     Germans. See Slav.]
     1. A person who is held in bondage to another; one who is
        wholly subject to the will of another; one who is held as
        a chattel; one who has no freedom of action, but whose
        person and services are wholly under the control of
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              Art thou our slave,
              Our captive, at the public mill our drudge?
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     2. One who has lost the power of resistance; one who
        surrenders himself to any power whatever; as, a slave to
        passion, to lust, to strong drink, to ambition.
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     3. A drudge; one who labors like a slave.
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     4. An abject person; a wretch. --Shak.
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     Slave ant (Zool.), any species of ants which is captured
        and enslaved by another species, especially Formica
        fusca of Europe and America, which is commonly enslaved
        by Formica sanguinea.
     Slave catcher, one who attempted to catch and bring back a
        fugitive slave to his master.
     Slave coast, part of the western coast of Africa to which
        slaves were brought to be sold to foreigners.
     Slave driver, one who superintends slaves at their work;
        hence, figuratively, a cruel taskmaster.
     Slave hunt.
        (a) A search after persons in order to reduce them to
            slavery. --Barth.
        (b) A search after fugitive slaves, often conducted with
     Slave ship, a vessel employed in the slave trade or used
        for transporting slaves; a slaver.
     Slave trade, the business of dealing in slaves, especially
        of buying them for transportation from their homes to be
        sold elsewhere.
     Slave trader, one who traffics in slaves.
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     Syn: Bond servant; bondman; bondslave; captive; henchman;
          vassal; dependent; drudge. See Serf.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  slave trade
      n 1: traffic in slaves; especially in Black Africans transported
           to America in the 16th to 19th centuries [syn: slave
           trade, slave traffic]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SLAVE TRADE, criminal law. The infamous traffic in human flesh, which though 
  not prohibited by the law of nations, is now forbidden by the laws and 
  treaties of most civilized states. 
       2. By the constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 9, it is 
  provided, that the "migration or importation of such persons as any of the 
  states now existing (in 1789,) shall think proper to admit, shall not be 
  prohibited by the congress, prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and 
  eight." Previously to that date several laws were enacted, which it is not 
  within the plan of this work to cite at large or to analyze; they are here 
  referred to, namely; act of 1794, c. 11, 1 Story's laws U. S. 319; act of 
  1800, c. 51, 1 Story's Laws U. S. 780 act of 1803, c. 63, 2 Story's Laws U. 
  S 886; act of 1807, c. 77, 2 Story's Laws U. S. 1050; these several acts 
  forbid citizens of the United States, under certain circumstances, to equip 
  or build vessels for the purpose of carrying on the slave trade, and the 
  last mentioned act makes it highly penal to import slaves into the United 
  States after the first day of January, 1808. The act of 1818, c. 86, 3 
  Story's Laws U. S. 1698 the act of 1819, c. 224, 3 Story's Laws U. S. 1752; 
  and the act of 1820, c. 113, 3 Story's Laws U. S. 1798, contain further 
  prohibition of the slave trade, and punish tho violation of their several 
  provisions with the highest penalties of the law. Vide, generally, 10 Wheat. 
  R. 66; 2 Mason, R. 409; 1 Acton, 240; 1 Dodson, 81, 91, 95; 2 Dodson, 238; 6 
  Mass. R. 358; 2 Cranch, 336; 3 Dall. R. 297; 1 Wash. C. C. Rep. 522; 4 Id. 
  91; 3 Mason, R. 175; 9 Wheat. R. 391; 6 Cranch, 330; 5 Wheat. R. 338; 8 Id. 
  380; 10 Id. 312; 1 Kent, Com. 191. 

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