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

c : mancipation

2 : slave

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Latin, from mancip-, manceps purchaser

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