Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for emancipate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
From Latin ēmancipātus, past participle of ēmancipō (“to declare (a son) free and independent of the father's power by the thrice-repeated act of mancipātiō and manumissiō, give from one's own power or authority into that of another, give up, surrender”), from ē (“out”) + mancipō (“to transfer ownership in”), from manceps (“purchaser, a contractor, literally, one who takes in hand”), from manus (“hand”) + capiō (“to take”). See manual, and capable.
- To set free from the power of another; to liberate; as:
- To free from any controlling influence, especially from anything which exerts undue or evil influence
- emancipate someone from prejudices or error
- 1699, John Evelyn, Acetaria: A Discourse of Sallets
- From how many troublesome and slavish impertinences […] he had emancipated and freed himself.
- 1879, Adolphus Ward, Chaucer, in English Men of Letters
- to emancipate the human conscience
- 1980, Bob Marley, Redemption Song
- Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.
- Freed; set at liberty.
- emancipate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- emancipate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.