manumission

noun
man·​u·​mis·​sion | \ˌman-yə-ˈmi-shən \

Definition of manumission 

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for manumission

Synonyms

emancipation, enfranchisement, freeing, liberation

Antonyms

enslavement

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Examples of manumission in a Sentence

the official manumission of the slaves came after the Civil War

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Ultimately, Jefferson did not give Harriet an education, an inheritance or even manumission papers declaring her freed. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "'Jefferson's Daughters,' both white and black, get spotlight in new book," 29 Jan. 2018 Tucked in his jacket pocket when he was sworn in as lieutenant governor on Jan. 13 was the manumission document that freed his enslaved ancestors in 1798. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Seven takeaways from the failed Democratic government shutdown," 23 Jan. 2018 Tucked in his jacket pocket when he was sworn in as lieutenant governor on Jan. 13 was the manumission document that freed his enslaved ancestors in 1798. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Sorry, Virginia: Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Doesn’t Want to Hear You Wax Poetic About Confederate ‘Heroes’," 23 Jan. 2018 The largest manumission case in U.S. history led to a unique community in Virginia. The Root, "Tracing Your Roots: Were My Ancestors Freed in a Big Court Case?," 19 Jan. 2018 As further detailed in a 2012 article in Style Weekly: That’s exactly what [Robert Pleasants] did in 1782, once the General Assembly voted to legalize manumission by private citizens. The Root, "Tracing Your Roots: Were My Ancestors Freed in a Big Court Case?," 19 Jan. 2018 Owen’s instructions also reflect tightening laws around manumission and anxiety around the growing proportion of free black people in slave states. The Root, "Tracing Your Roots: Where Did My Ancestor’s Freed Slaves Go?," 22 Sep. 2017 Against this backdrop, manumission became increasingly difficult to achieve under Kentucky law. The Root, "Tracing Your Roots: Where Did My Ancestor’s Freed Slaves Go?," 22 Sep. 2017 There were also fine gradations of enslavement that allowed slaves to change their status through intermarriage and manumission. Vicente Rafael, The Atlantic, "Lola’s Resistant Dignity," 31 May 2017

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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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