man·​u·​mis·​sion | \ ˌman-yə-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce manumission (audio) \

Definition of manumission

: the act or process of manumitting especially : formal emancipation from slavery

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Examples of manumission in a Sentence

the official manumission of the slaves came after the Civil War
Recent Examples on the Web As outlined in his enslaver’s will, Ross received a ten-acre tract of land close to the Blackwater River upon his manumission. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 Jones also had been born into slavery in Delaware had obtained his freedom through manumission in 1784. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2021 After her manumission and the death of Susanna Wheatley, in 1774, Phillis became more vocal in expressing her antislavery views. Elizabeth Winkler, The New Yorker, 30 July 2020 The manumission of the Manumission Society’s slaves would be left, at least in the short run, to the initiative of members. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 24 Oct. 2019 Although Washington set his slaves on the path to freedom in his will, the manumission didn’t take effect until after the death of his wife Martha, which would be in 1802. Suyin Haynes, Time, 4 Feb. 2020 Hamilton was proposing a parallel hierarchy of founding fathers — the founding fathers of manumission. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 24 Oct. 2019 State legislatures in Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia started appropriating funding to encourage colonization, and some slave owners made manumission contingent on leaving the country, according to Parker. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, 22 July 2019 With the Revolution, Maryland and Virginia legislators rewrote manumission laws, and masters — driven by a combination of Revolutionary egalitarianism and economic necessity — freed their slaves in large numbers. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of manumission

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manumission

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin manumission-, manumissio, from manumittere

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The first known use of manumission was in the 15th century

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3 May 2021

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“Manumission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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