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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Latin emancipatus, past participle of emancipare (“to declare (a son) free and independent of the father's power by the thrice-repeated act of mancipatio and manumission, give from one's own power or authority into that of another, give up, surrender”), from e (“out”) + mancipare (“to transfer ownership in”), from manceps (“purchaser, a contractor, literally, one who takes in hand”), from manus (“hand”) + capere (“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; as, to emancipate one from prejudices or error.
- From how many troublesome and slavish impertinences […] he had emancipated and freed himself.
- A. W. Ward
- to emancipate the human conscience
- Freed; set at liberty.
- emancipate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- emancipate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911