eman·​ci·​pa·​tion | \ i-ˌman(t)-sə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce emancipation (audio) \

Definition of emancipation

: the act or process of emancipating

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emancipationist \ i-​ˌman(t)-​sə-​ˈpā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce emancipation (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In Tompkins Square Park, in New York City, there’s a monument to Samuel Cox, who voted against emancipation as a congressman. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2022 The Will County executive will negotiate with union employees to recognize Juneteenth, a day commemorating the emancipation of slaves, as one of its paid, observed holidays. Michelle Mullins, chicagotribune.com, 25 Feb. 2022 Before emancipation, those fleeing an enslaver would change their name to remain anonymous. NBC News, 24 Feb. 2022 At last the deadly struggle ceased, and emancipation was declared. al, 9 Feb. 2022 Therapeia, the philosophical therapy of emotions, aimed for apatheia, an extirpation of and emancipation from those passions. Marion Renault, The New Republic, 21 Jan. 2022 In Season 3, Charlotte put that whole emancipation thing behind her and was working closely with her parents. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 19 Jan. 2022 With Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday this year commemorating the emancipation of slaves, a reader asked Curious Texas whether early Dallas residents owned slaves. Mariana Rivas, Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2021 Long observed among Black Americans, Juneteenth has gained higher prominence in recent years after racial justice movements increased interest in the holiday and more states and cities have passed legislation commemorating emancipation. Editors, USA TODAY, 18 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of emancipation

1631, in the meaning defined above

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“Emancipation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emancipation. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for emancipation


eman·​ci·​pa·​tion | \ i-ˌman-sə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce emancipation (audio) \

Kids Definition of emancipation

: an act of setting someone free from control or slavery


eman·​ci·​pa·​tion | \ i-ˌman(t)-sə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce emancipation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce emancipation (audio) \

Legal Definition of emancipation

: the act or process of emancipating

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