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[ih-man-suh-pey-shuh n] /ɪˌmæn səˈpeɪ ʃən/
the act of emancipating.
the state or fact of being emancipated.
Origin of emancipation
1625-35; < Latin ēmancipātiōn- (stem of ēmancipātiō), equivalent to ēmancipāt(us) (see emancipate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonemancipation, noun
preemancipation, noun
self-emancipation, noun Unabridged
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  • The spirit thus become a free and rational self, has now completed its self-emancipation from nature.

  • They love his efforts at self-emancipation; they admire his scholarship, his piety, his taste.

    The London Pulpit J. Ewing Ritchie
  • self-emancipation even in the West Indian provinces of the fancy and imagination—what Wilberforce is there to bring that about?

  • He had not progressed so far on the road to self-emancipation as to dream of a rupture of his engagement.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • Yet he submits to self-degradation rather than endure the pain and effort of self-emancipation.

  • Arrayed in the armor of democracy, the Zionist movement made the self-emancipation ideal of Pinsker live in the soul of Herzl.

    The Jewish State Theodor Herzl
British Dictionary definitions for self-emancipation


the act of freeing or state of being freed; liberation
(informal) freedom from inhibition and convention
Derived Forms
emancipationist, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-emancipation



1630s, "a setting free," from French émancipation, from Latin emancipationem (nominative emancipatio), noun of action from past participle stem of emancipare (see emancipate). Specifically with reference to U.S. slavery from 1785. In Britain, with reference to easing of restrictions on Catholics, etc.

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