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Definition of mancipation

1 obsolete
a : the act of enslaving
b : involuntary servitude : slavery
2 Roman law
a : an early form of ceremonial conveyance under the jus civile involving the balance scales, bronze money, a balance holder, and five citizens as witnesses in which persons and property (as Italic lands, slaves, beasts of burden, rural praedial servitudes, children under potestas, and various women) subject to the ceremony were transferred by one Roman citizen into the power and control of another — compare mancipium

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History and Etymology for mancipation

Latin mancipation-, mancipatio, from mancipatus + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Mancipation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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