Emancipate Definition

emancipated, emancipates, emancipating
emancipated, emancipates, emancipating
To set free (a slave, etc.); release from bondage, servitude, or serfdom.
Webster's New World
To free from restraint or control, as of social convention.
Webster's New World
To release (a child) from parental control and supervision.
Webster's New World

To set free from the power of another; to liberate; as:


To free from any controlling influence, especially from anything which exerts undue or evil influence; as, to emancipate one from prejudices or error.


Freed; set at liberty.


Origin of Emancipate

  • From Latin emancipatus, past participle of emancipare (“to declare (a son) free and independent of the father's power by the thrice-repeated act of mancipatio and manumission, give from one's own power or authority into that of another, give up, surrender”), from e (“out”) + mancipare (“to transfer ownership in”), from manceps (“purchaser, a contractor, literally, one who takes in hand”), from manus (“hand”) + capere (“to take”). See manual, and capable.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin ēmancipāre ēmancipāt- ē-, ex- ex- mancipāre to sell, transfer (from manceps mancip- purchaser man-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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