emancipation

noun
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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Other Words from emancipation

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

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a book discussing the role that the emancipation of slaves played in the nation's history
Recent Examples on the Web The technology’s potential for emancipation and human advancement is immense. Lucas Bento, Quartz, "The brain is the final frontier of our privacy, and AI is about to breach it," 19 Nov. 2019 His plan called for a gradual emancipation; the first slaves wouldn’t go free until 1858. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "Virginia debated ending slavery after Nat Turner’s revolt," 14 June 2019 Next Wednesday also happens to be June 19th, or Juneteenth, the cultural holiday which commemorates emancipation from slavery, a fitting day to discuss this topic. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "There Will Be A House Hearing on Reparations On Juneteenth," 13 June 2019 Unfortunately, the Tuckers are the exception, as most African Americans can only trace their ancestors back to the late 19th century, following emancipation, when African Americans were free to record their own full legal names. National Geographic, "400 years ago, enslaved Africans first arrived in Virginia," 13 Aug. 2019 Saudi Arabia has taken tentative steps towards the emancipation of women in recent years. Nick Watt And Jason Kravarik, CNN, "US mother ruled too Western by Saudi court will appeal," 17 Aug. 2019 Cupmatch is the celebration of the 1834 emancipation of Black slaves in Bermuda and during this weekend, Bermuda is in full party mode. Shiona Turini, Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours In Bermuda," 9 Aug. 2019 In the forty-odd years between hustle the verb and hustler the noun, old Abe begrudged an un-United States what might be its most historic event: the emancipation of 4 million slaves. Mitchell S. Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Opportunity Cost," 10 Feb. 2019 Cde Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. Farai Mutsaka And Christopher Torchia, sun-sentinel.com, "Robert Mugabe, longtime Zimbabwe leader, dies at 95," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of emancipation

1631, in the meaning defined above

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“Emancipation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emancipation. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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emancipation

noun
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

emancipation

noun
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

emancipation

noun
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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