eman·​ci·​pa·​tion | \ i-ˌman(t)-sə-ˈpā-shən \

Definition of emancipation

: the act or process of emancipating

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emancipationist \ i-​ˌman(t)-​sə-​ˈpā-​sh(ə-​)nist \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for emancipation


enfranchisement, freeing, liberation, manumission



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Examples of emancipation in a Sentence

a book discussing the role that the emancipation of slaves played in the nation's history

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Before emancipation, Jones-Rogers said, slave-owning parents systematically trained their daughters to become slave-owners themselves. Anna North, Vox, "Why racist politics appeals to white women, explained by American history," 14 Nov. 2018 What Marshall did accomplish—anchoring the national government’s power on a foundation of constitutionalism—helped forge the bonds that made possible, a few decades later, Lincoln’s preservation of the Union and emancipation of the slaves. Adam J. White, WSJ, "‘John Marshall’ Review: Chief Among Equals," 30 Nov. 2018 When Cheryl goes to visit her ex-parents in order to announce her official emancipation, the Bombshell spots her mother and uncle/father meeting with Hiram. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Comprehensive List of All of Hiram Lodge's Schemes on "Riverdale"," 13 Dec. 2018 Juneteenth, is a celebration of emancipation and day of remembrance for the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865. Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times, "Juneteenth celebrated in Seattle block party," 20 June 2018 Barcroft Media via Getty Images The single greatest antidote to poverty and social stagnation is the emancipation of women. Sean Illing, Vox, "Want less poverty in the world? Empower women.," 5 Nov. 2018 Their celebration would serve as the basis of June 19 — or Juneteenth — a holiday celebrating emancipation in the US. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "It’s Juneteenth: Time to Renew a Commitment to True Equality," 19 June 2018 The Civil War and the emancipation of some four million slaves moved the issue to center stage in Congress. Martha S. Jones, Time, "How the 14th Amendment's Promise of Birthright Citizenship Redefined America," 9 July 2018 The picnic was for Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865 — two months after the Confederate army surrendered, ending the Civil War, and three years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Oakland city politics: Running against Desley Brooks? You may run a risk," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of emancipation

1631, in the meaning defined above

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eman·​ci·​pa·​tion | \ i-ˌman-sə-ˈpā-shən \

Kids Definition of emancipation

: an act of setting someone free from control or slavery


eman·​ci·​pa·​tion | \ i-ˌman(t)-sə-ˈpā-shən \

Medical Definition of emancipation

: gradual separation of an original homogeneous embryo into fields with different specific potentialities for development


eman·​ci·​pa·​tion | \ i-ˌman-sə-ˈpā-shən \

Legal Definition of emancipation

: the act or process of emancipating

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to deny responsibility for

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