emancipate

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verb eman·ci·pate \i-ˈman(t)-sə-ˌpāt\

Definition of emancipate

emancipated

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emancipating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to free from restraint, control, or the power of another; especially :  to free from bondage

  3. 2 :  to release from paternal care and responsibility and make sui juris

  4. 3 :  to free from any controlling influence (such as traditional mores or beliefs)

emancipator

play \i-ˈman(t)-sə-ˌpā-tər\ noun

emancipatory

play \i-ˈman(t)-sə-pə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of emancipate in a Sentence

  1. He felt the only way to emancipate himself from his parents was to move away.

  2. under the cover of darkness animal rights activists emancipated the inhabitants of the mink ranch

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Origin and Etymology of emancipate

Latin emancipatus, past participle of emancipare, from e- + mancipare to transfer ownership of, from mancip-, manceps contractor, from manus hand + capere to take — more at manual, heave

Synonym Discussion of emancipate

free, release, liberate, emancipate, manumit mean to set loose from restraint or constraint. free implies a usually permanent removal from whatever binds, confines, entangles, or oppresses. freed the animals from their cages release suggests a setting loose from confinement, restraint, or a state of pressure or tension, often without implication of permanent liberation. released his anger on a punching bag liberate stresses particularly the resulting state of liberty. liberated their country from the tyrant emancipate implies the liberation of a person from subjection or domination. labor-saving devices emancipated us from household drudgery manumit implies emancipation from slavery. the document manumitted the slaves


EMANCIPATE Defined for English Language Learners

emancipate

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Definition of emancipate for English Language Learners

  • : to free (someone) from someone else's control or power


EMANCIPATE Defined for Kids

emancipate

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verb eman·ci·pate \i-ˈman-sə-ˌpāt\

Definition of emancipate for Students

emancipated

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emancipating

  1. :  to set free from control or slavery :  liberate

emancipator

\-ˌpā-tər\ noun

Law Dictionary

emancipate

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transitive verb eman·ci·pate \i-ˈman-sə-ˌpāt\

Legal Definition of emancipate

emancipated

emancipating

  1. 1 :  to free from restraint, control, or the power of another; especially :  to free from bondage emancipated the slaves — compare enfranchise

  2. 2 :  to release from the care, responsibility, and control of one's parents — compare age of majority, legal age

Additional Notes on emancipate

The circumstances under which a minor may become emancipated vary from state to state. In many states, however, the marriage of a minor results in his or her emancipation.



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