[ man-yuh-mish-uh n ]
/ ˌmæn yəˈmɪʃ ən /


the act of manumitting.

Nearby words

  1. manufacturer's agent,
  2. manuhiri,
  3. manuka,
  4. manuka honey,
  5. manukau,
  6. manumit,
  7. manure,
  8. manus,
  9. manuscript,
  10. manutius

Origin of manumission

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin manūmissiōn- (stem of manūmissiō). See manumit, mission Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manumission


/ (ˌmænjʊˈmɪʃən) /


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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