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[man-yuh-mish-uh n]
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  1. the act of manumitting.

Origin of manumission

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin manūmissiōn- (stem of manūmissiō). See manumit, mission
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Examples from the Web for manumission

Historical Examples

  • Manumission in the South went no further than a few individuals.

    The Negro and the Nation

    George S. Merriam

  • For the next ten years manumission went on at the rate of 8000 a year.

    The Negro and the Nation

    George S. Merriam

  • In manacle and manumission we read the story of human slavery and freedom.

  • He alludes to the Roman mode of manumission, or setting the slaves at liberty.

  • The Church set the example of the manumission of its slaves.

British Dictionary definitions for manumission


  1. the act of freeing or the state of being freed from slavery, servitude, etc
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Word Origin and History for manumission


c.1400, from Old French manumission "freedom, emancipation," and directly from Latin manumissionem (nominative manumissio) "freeing of a slave," noun of action from past participle stem of manumittere "to set free," from the phrase manu mittere "release from control," from manu, ablative of manus "power of a master," literally "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + mittere "let go, release" (see mission).

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