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  1. not constrained or restricted by custom, tradition, superstition, etc.: a modern, emancipated woman.
  2. freed, as from slavery or bondage.
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Origin of emancipated

First recorded in 1720–30; emancipate + -ed2
Related formsun·e·man·ci·pat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unemancipated

Historical Examples of unemancipated

  • Our unemancipated, unappreciated Martha was quite delightful to us.

    The Retrospect

    Ada Cambridge

  • Begin, I said, by breaking up the system—begin by removing all the unemancipated convicts.

  • But we may assume that, in successful cases, the Cats made to lose their bearings were young and unemancipated animals.

    The Mason-bees

    J. Henri Fabre

  • The unemancipated workers construct steep, rocky dams that jut out into the free, unbridled sea.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald

  • Truly, and to cast away Liberalism upon a willingly "unemancipated" Voter, were to deck a porker with pearls.

Word Origin and History for unemancipated


1775, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of emancipate.

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