- Emancipation is defined as being set free from something.
- When an era of censorship ends and ideas about political freedom can suddenly be shared, this is an example of emancipation.
- When the slaves were freed by Lincoln, this is an example of emancipation.
- The act or an instance of emancipating.
- The condition of being emancipated.
(usually uncountable, plural emancipations)
- The act of setting free from the power of another, from slavery, subjection, dependence, or controlling influence
- The state of being thus set free; liberation; used of slaves, minors, of a person from prejudices, of the mind from superstition, of a nation from tyranny or subjection.
- US President Abraham Lincoln was called the Great Emancipator after issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
emancipation - Legal Definition
The liberation of an individual or a group from a constraint, such as the emancipation of slaves; in family law, the process by which a minor child becomes legally and financially independent of his or her parents and receives the legal rights, at least in some respects, of an adult.
Variant of emancipate
transitive verbemancipated, emancipating
- to set free (a slave, etc.); release from bondage, servitude, or serfdom
- to free from restraint or control, as of social convention
- Law to release (a child) from parental control and supervision
Origin of emancipate; from Classical Latin emancipatus, past participle of emancipare ; from e-, out + mancipare, to deliver up or make over as property ; from manceps, purchaser ; from manus, the hand (see manual) + capere, to take (see have)