emancipation

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

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 \ 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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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 Two decades after emancipation, the Court’s view that the stage had already arrived was ridiculously premature. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What you should know about race-based affirmative action and diversity in schools," 3 July 2018 That vision of the American idea—emancipation, the process of becoming free of chains, of discrimination, of suffering—runs through these works individually and collectively. Annika Neklason, The Atlantic, "160 Years of the American Idea," 27 June 2018 From the convict-lease system, even slave catchers before the emancipation, there’s always been a system designed to watch black bodies, to catch black bodies, to exploit black bodies by incarcerating black bodies. Ashley Velez, The Root, "Meek Mill’s Case Is Just One Example of How the Criminal-Justice System Fails Black People," 19 June 2018 He was soon followed by Catholic theologians such as Gustavo Gutiérrez, who called for the emancipation of the poor in Latin America. Washington Post, latimes.com, "James H. Cone, founder of black liberation theology, dies at 79," 4 May 2018 By challenging women’s emancipation as marginal to the socialist project, socialist women, Hunt says, reconfigured the meaning of socialism itself. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian, "The Historical Struggle to Rid Socialism of Sexism," 12 July 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 \

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 \

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 \

Legal Definition of emancipation 

: the act or process of emancipating

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