Legal Definition and Related Resources of Servant

Meaning of Servant

The relationship of master and servant exists between persons of whom one has the order and control of the work done by the other . The master not only prescribes to the servant the end of his work but directs or at any moment may direct the means also, i.e., he retains the power of controlling work. Frugo Const. Co. v McClelland, (C.A.8.Mo.) 192 F.2d241. Another test is the right of one of the contracting parties to hire the other at will and to discharge him for proper cause . Densbv v Bartlett, 318 III. 616, 149 N.E. 591.

Servant Alternative Definition

One who serves; one who serves another (termed his master), under a contract of hire; one who serves or undertakes to serve another for a stipulated consideration or wage. 2 Kent’s Com. 258-261; one employed to perform an inferior and menial service, 17 111. App. 200; a hireling who makes a part of a man’s family, employed for money, to assist in the economy of the family, or in matters connected with it. 3 S. & E. (Pa.) 353. Bequests to servants construed. Williams Exs. 1152; 27 Bea. 226; 26 Bea. 1472; L. J. Ch. 162; 9 Hare 551; 2 Vern. 546; 16 Ves. 486; 11 L. J. Ch. 223. Servants who take priority in bankruptcy. Mont. & McA. 95, 194; 6 Jur. 898; 42 L.J. Bank. 49; 21 W. R. 523.

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Servant in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of servant.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Servant

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c. 1200, “personal or domestic attendant,” from Old French servant “servant; foot-soldier,” noun use of servant “serving, waiting,” present participle of servir “to attend, wait upon” (see serve (verb)). Meaning “professed lover, one devoted to the service of a lady” is from mid-14c. In North American colonies and U.S., the usual designation for “slave” 17c.-18c. (in 14c.-15c. and later in Biblical translations the word often was used to render Latin servus, Greek doulos “slave”). Public servant is attested from 1670s.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

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