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[26] Great ingenuity may be exercised with regard to properties and differences, as for instance in the question whether a person assigned to his creditor for debt,1 [p. 99] who is condemned by the law to remain in a state of servitude until he has paid his debt, is actually a slave. One party will advance the following definition, “A slave is one who is legally in a state of servitude.” The other will produce the definition, “A slave is one who is in a state of servitude on the same terms as a slave (or, to use the older phrase, 'who serves as a slave').” This definition, though it differs considerably from the other, will be quite useless unless it is supported by properties and differences.

1 cp. III. vi. 25.

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