1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Adscript

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ADSCRIPT (from Lat. ad, on or to, and scribere, to write), something written after, as opposed to “subscript,” which means written under. A labourer was called an “adscript of the soil” (adscriptus glebae) when he could be sold or transferred with it, as in feudal days, and as in Russia until 1861. Carlyle speaks of the Java blacks as a kind of adscripts.