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emancipation

[ih-man-suh-pey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of emancipating.
  2. the state or fact of being emancipated.
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Origin of emancipation

1625–35; < Latin ēmancipātiōn- (stem of ēmancipātiō), equivalent to ēmancipāt(us) (see emancipate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·e·man·ci·pa·tion, nounpre·e·man·ci·pa·tion, nounself-e·man·ci·pa·tion, noun
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emancipation

noun
  1. the act of freeing or state of being freed; liberation
  2. informal freedom from inhibition and convention
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Derived Formsemancipationist, noun
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Word Origin and History for emancipation

n.

1630s, "a setting free," from French émancipation, from Latin emancipationem (nominative emancipatio), noun of action from past participle stem of emancipare (see emancipate). Specifically with reference to U.S. slavery from 1785. In Britain, with reference to easing of restrictions on Catholics, etc.

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