The act of imposing rule or principle through the expression of fear based consequence.
Masta: If you don't pick that cotton boy I will whip you good.
Kunta: wow, that's really slavish of you sir.
Boss: If you walk in here 1 minute past 8am, you will be terminated. Fired! No more paycheck!
Joe: Wow, that's kind of a slavish move on your part.
19th Century Slave: They whip me and I gotta pick cotton, no I don't like it, but they give me food , shelter, and water for my family. If I resist they threaten to take away what I need to survive.
Guy from future: Wow, that slavish circumstance sounds awfully familiar to the slavish condtion in the twentieth centurty, just more diverse. Is that what they mean by equality?