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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emancipationist \ i-​ˌman(t)-​sə-​ˈpā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce emancipation (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 first two achievements were emancipation in the Civil War and the civil rights laws of the 1960s. Washington Post, "CEOs say they are committed to racially inclusive economic growth, but is it just talk?," 26 Apr. 2021 Before the Civil War and emancipation in 1863, slaves were considered property and weren’t included by name in many records. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Proving a Connection to Enslaved Ancestors Through DNA," 16 Apr. 2021 Vance owned enslaved people and resisted emancipation. Andrea Cooper, sun-sentinel.com, "Confederate governor’s monument coming down in Asheville," 30 Mar. 2021 Many reflect on the changes, or lack thereof, brought on by emancipation. Eva Rothenberg, CNN, "For Black Georgians, voting restrictions are more of the same. These slave narratives prove it," 28 Mar. 2021 Soul City makes a case for the importance of space to the project of Black emancipation—space to dream, space to grow. Divya Subramanian, The New Republic, "The Lost Plan for a Black Utopian Town," 17 Mar. 2021 Xipe Totek, Xipe Totek, x2 transformation, liberation, education, emancipation. Sam Dorman, Fox News, "California proposes curriculum with chanting name of Aztec god who accepts human sacrifice," 11 Mar. 2021 The date marks the emancipation of people who had been enslaved in the United States. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "Highlights of Gov. Evers' $91 billion state budget plan," 16 Feb. 2021 As refugees of terrorism and economic disaster, the siblings, in their portrait, embody triumph and perseverance, and commemorate the tenacity of family ties that stayed intact through slavery, emancipation and migration. Janette Greenwood, The Conversation, "How Black Americans used portraits and family photographs to defy stereotypes," 8 Mar. 2021

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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 7 May. 2021.

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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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