1630, from French émancipation, from Latin ēmancipātiō. In the US, with reference to anti-slavery, abolitionism, first used in 1785 by Charles Godfrey Leland.. In Britain, with reference to easing of restrictions on Catholics, in 19th century.
- The act of setting free from the power of another, as from slavery, subjection, dependence, or controlling influence.
- The state of being thus set free; liberation (used, for example, of slaves from bondage, of a person from prejudices, of the mind from superstition, of a nation from tyranny or subjugation).
- US President Abraham Lincoln was called the Great Emancipator after issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
- (setting free from slavery): manumission
|Declension of emancipation|