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verb (used with object), man·u·mit·ted, man·u·mit·ting.
  1. to release from slavery or servitude.
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Origin of manumit

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin manūmittere, earlier manū ēmittere to send away from (one's) hand, i.e., to set free. See manus, emit
Related formsman·u·mit·ter, nounun·man·u·mit·ted, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • For proof: By what law could Paul manumit another man's servant?

    A Defence of Virginia

    Robert L. Dabney

  • Even baptism did not manumit him unless the owner were a Moor or a Jew.

  • He gave the law, that every shire in the kingdom should annually manumit one thrall.

    The Story of Norway

    Hjalmar H. Boyesen

  • But, as well might you, as to say, that it is the "purpose" of the abolitionists to "manumit."

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

    American Anti-Slavery Society

  • Suppose the South should manumit their slaves, will the North receive and educate them?

British Dictionary definitions for manumit


verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted
  1. (tr) to free from slavery, servitude, etc; emancipate
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Derived Formsmanumitter, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin manūmittere to release, from manū from one's hand + ēmittere to send away
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Word Origin and History for manumit


early 15c., from Latin manumittere "to release, set at liberty, emancipate," literally "to send from one's 'hand'" (i.e. "control"); see manumission. Related: Manumitted; manumitting.

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