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

  SERVI. This name was given by the Romans to their slaves; they were so 
  called from servare, to preserve, from the ancient practice of the generals 
  of the army, who were accustomed to sell their captives, and preserved them 
  rather than kill them: servi autem ex eo appellati sunt, quod imperatores 
  captivos vendere, ac per hoc servare, nec occidere solent. Inst. 1 3, 3. 
  
  

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