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 If Wade was the motor of a more aggressive warfare, Stevens was the tribune of black emancipation. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Did Lincoln Really Matter?," 3 Feb. 2020 In 1915, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of emancipation, Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). National Geographic, "This courageous historian fought to make Black History Month possible," 24 Jan. 2020 Such hazards of Jewish names were not uncommon in Central Europe, especially during the era of Jewish emancipation, when civic inclusion for the Jewish minority was often conditional upon its consent to local custom. Peter E. Gordon, The New Republic, "Karl Marx’s Prophetic Longing," 6 Apr. 2020 In the aftermath of Civil War, emancipation and the constitutional enfranchisement of African American men, this expansive alliance on behalf of human rights tragically faltered. Ellen Carol Dubois, Time, "American Women Won the Right to Vote After the Suffrage Movement Became More Diverse. That’s No Coincidence," 20 Feb. 2020 By this means, the emancipation of the individual became a refined technique for ensuring his utter subjection and the limited power previously exercised by the church was replaced by the absolute power of the state. Yuval Levin, National Review, "The Historian as Moralist," 31 Dec. 2019 At the very least, emancipation had done nothing to prohibit slavery in the South after the fighting finished. John Fabian Witt, Washington Post, "The achievements, and compromises, of two Reconstruction-era amendments," 31 Oct. 2019 When McClellan, a stone-cold racist, was opposing any steps toward emancipation, and Lincoln was still dithering, Stevens favored immediately freeing Southern slaves and arming them to fight against their masters. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Did Lincoln Really Matter?," 3 Feb. 2020 His work included murals that explored diversity and emancipation, often related to immigration and infant mortality among minorities, the university said. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Late artist Christopher Darling’s work, struggle with bipolar disorder is focus of show, lecture at Kent State," 26 Jan. 2020

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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 5 Jun. 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

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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

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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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