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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Origin and Etymology of mancipium
Latin, from mancip-, manceps purchaser — more at mancipate
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