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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Definitions for manumit

  1. To free from slavery or servitude.

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Citations for manumit
The prime reason, I suspect, will be that we don't need any liberator to manumit our "corporate slaves" because we've never had any. Victor S. Navasky, The Nation
Mobilization difficulties led the government to manumit hundreds of slaves and scores of convicts to fight at the front. Peter M. Beattie, Journal of Social History
Origin of manumit
late Middle English
1375-1425
Manumit comes from Latin manumittere, "to emancipate a slave," from manu mittere, "to release from control," from manus, "hand" (hence "power of control") + mittere, "to let go; to send." The noun form is manumission.
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