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manumit

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verb man·u·mit \ˌman-yə-ˈmit\

Definition of manumit

man·u·mit·tedman·u·mit·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to release from slavery



Examples of manumit

  1. <though he was an outspoken defender of liberty, this son of Virginia did not manumit his own slaves until he was on his deathbed>



Origin of manumit

Middle English manumitten, from Anglo-French manumettre, from Latin manumittere, from manus hand + mittere to let go, send


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of manumit

free, independent, sovereign, autonomous mean not subject to the rule or control of another. free stresses the complete absence of external rule and the full right to make all of one's own decisions <you're free to do as you like>. independent implies a standing alone; applied to a state it implies lack of connection with any other having power to interfere with its citizens, laws, or policies <the colony's struggle to become independent>. sovereign stresses the absence of a superior power and implies supremacy within a thing's own domain or sphere <separate and sovereign armed services>. autonomous stresses independence in matters pertaining to self-government <in this denomination each congregation is regarded as autonomous>.

free, release, liberate, emancipate, manumit mean to set loose from restraint or constraint. free implies a usually permanent removal from whatever binds, confines, entangles, or oppresses <freed the animals from their cages>. release suggests a setting loose from confinement, restraint, or a state of pressure or tension, often without implication of permanent liberation <released his anger on a punching bag>. liberate stresses particularly the resulting state of liberty <liberated their country from the tyrant>. emancipate implies the liberation of a person from subjection or domination <labor-saving devices emancipated us from household drudgery>. manumit implies emancipation from slavery <the document manumitted the slaves>.

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