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

Synonyms & Antonyms for emancipation

Synonyms

enfranchisement, freeing, liberation, manumission

Antonyms

enslavement

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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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Illinois was not a slave state, but African Americans endured bigotry and violence here even after emancipation, so Chicago has a role in the reparations debate, writes Steve Chapman. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Former Madigan operative’s house raided, Aviary waitress allegedly spits on Eric Trump and other things to know to start your day," 27 June 2019 The most recent hearing was held on Juneteenth, a day commemorating when slaves in Galveston, Texas, were finally notified of their emancipation. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "America is having an unprecedented debate about reparations. What comes next?," 20 June 2019 New York and New Jersey had already started debating emancipation before the Constitutional Convention. Nicholas Guyatt, The New York Review of Books, "How Proslavery Was the Constitution?," 6 June 2019 The Juneteenth Jubilee welcomed hundreds at the museum to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arriving in Galveston informed black Texans of their emancipation from slavery. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Juneteenth Jubilee brings black-history education, celebration," 15 June 2019 Madison and Jefferson, who had specified that enslaved people be colonized as a condition of their emancipation, remained adamantly theoretical in their antislavery convictions. Nicholas Guyatt, The New York Review of Books, "How Proslavery Was the Constitution?," 6 June 2019 Over 130 years ago, a traditional Roman figure of Libertas (our Lady Liberty) was designed to evoke the American spirit of emancipation. Danielle Naer, Vogue, "The Statue of Liberty Museum Debuts With Oprah, Seth Meyers, and DVF," 16 May 2019 But emancipation was an act that only the president could have performed, and only in his capacity as commander in chief. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "Emancipation Deniers Target Lincoln’s Reputation," 11 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of emancipation

1631, in the meaning defined above

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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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