man·​cip·​i·​um | \ manˈsipēəm \
plural mancipia\ -​ēə \

Definition of mancipium

1 Roman law
a(1) : the status of a freeman subject to the power and control of the head of a Roman family similar to that of a slave except that he could not be abused or killed without legal cause
(2) : the power or control so exercised by such head of family over such freeman
b : a form of quiritarian as opposed to bonitarian ownership of property common in early Roman law
2 : slave

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History and Etymology for mancipium

Latin, from mancip-, manceps purchaser

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“Mancipium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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