mancipium

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

Latin, from mancip-, manceps purchaser

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“Mancipium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mancipium. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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