Definition of clientship in US English:

clientship

noun

  • See client

    • ‘In the urbanized regions of Italy in the eighth and ninth centuries, instead of direct rural control by the powerful, what we find is links of clientship.’
    • ‘From this Gallic system of clientship there developed, in Frankish times, the conception of the ‘lord's man’ (homagium or hominium).’
    • ‘The state remains central in perpetuating clientship, wealth and development.’
    • ‘Another is the attention he pays to clientship and how this differs from citizenship in placing people in vertical rather than horizontal ties of trust and obligation.’
    • ‘Compulsory labour takes a considerable variety of forms, today as in the past - debt bondage, clientship, peonage, helotage, serfdom, chattel slavery, and so on.’

Pronunciation

clientship

/-ˌSHip/