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[ih-man-suh-pey-tid] /ɪˈmæn səˌpeɪ tɪd/
not constrained or restricted by custom, tradition, superstition, etc.:
a modern, emancipated woman.
freed, as from slavery or bondage.
Origin of emancipated
1720-30; emancipate + -ed2
Related forms
unemancipated, adjective


[ih-man-suh-peyt] /ɪˈmæn səˌpeɪt/
verb (used with object), emancipated, emancipating.
to free from restraint, influence, or the like.
to free (a slave) from bondage.
Roman and Civil Law. to terminate paternal control over.
1615-25; < Latin ēmancipātus (past participle of ēmancipāre) freed from control, equivalent to ē- e-1 + man(us) hand + -cip- (combining form of capere to seize) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
emancipative, adjective
emancipator, noun
nonemancipative, adjective
unemancipative, adjective
Synonym Study
1, 2. See release. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for emancipated
  • The proclamation emancipated no one immediately, but changed everything eventually.
  • Only once mankind is emancipated will people act according to their true, co-operative nature.
  • They were emancipated in his will and some were paid pensions for decades.
  • In real life, there's a more enlightened, emancipated and perhaps extended family at the table.
  • Writer wonders whether he has truly emancipated himself or merely rebuilt the walls that keep him in.
British Dictionary definitions for emancipated


verb (transitive)
to free from restriction or restraint, esp social or legal restraint
(often passive) to free from the inhibitions imposed by conventional morality
to liberate (a slave) from bondage
Derived Forms
emancipated, adjective
emancipative, adjective
emancipator, emancipist, noun
emancipatory (ɪˈmænsɪpətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēmancipāre to give independence (to a son), from mancipāre to transfer property, from manceps a purchaser; see manciple
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Word Origin and History for emancipated



1620s, from Latin emancipatus, past participle of emancipare "declare (someone) free, give up one's authority over," in Roman law, the freeing of a son or wife from the legal authority (patria potestas) of the pater familias, to make his or her own way in the world; from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + mancipare "deliver, transfer or sell," from mancipum "ownership," from manus "hand" (see manual) + capere "take" (see capable). Related: Emancipated; emancipating. Adopted in the cause of religious toleration (17c.), then anti-slavery (1776). Also used in reference to women who free themselves from conventional customs (1850).

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