noun man·cip·i·um \manˈsipēəm\

Definition of mancipium



  1. 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. 2 :  slave

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Origin and Etymology of mancipium

Latin, from mancip-, manceps purchaser — more at mancipate

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