(comparative more slaveholding, superlative most slaveholding)
- Having possession/ownership of one or more slaves.
- An owning of one or more slaves.
- "On the other hand, the Mountain South also contained some Lower South counties, thereby permitting internal comparisons between differently sized slaveholdings, between crop specializations, and between agricultural and nonagricultural producers." (Wilma P. Dunaway, Slavery in the American Mountain South: "Introduction" 6, 2003)