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Definitions of emancipation

  1. freeing someone from the control of another; especially a parent's relinquishing authority and control over a minor child
  2. The act of setting free from the power of another, from slavery, subjection, dependence, or controlling influence; also, the state of being thus set free; liberation; as, the emancipation of slaves; the emancipation of minors; the emancipation of a person from prejudices; the emancipation of the mind from superstition; the emancipation of a nation from tyranny or subjection.
  3. The act of freeing someone from restraint or bondage. For example, on January 1, 1863, slaves in the confederate states were declared free by an executive order of President Lincoln, known as the " Emancipation Proclamation." After the Civil War, this emancipation was extended to the entire country and made law by the ratification of the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution. Nowadays, emancipation refers to the point at which a child is free from parental control. It occurs when the child's parents no longer perform their parental duties and surrender their rights to the care, custody and earnings of their minor child. Emancipation may be the result of a voluntary agreement between the parents and child, or it may be implied from their acts and ongoing conduct. For example, a child who leaves her parents' home and becomes entirely self- supporting without their objection is considered emancipated, while a child who goes to stay with a friend or relative and gets a part- time job is not. Emancipation may also occur when a minor child marries or enters the military.
  4. Act of setting free; liberation; release; freedom.
  5. The act of setting free from bondage or disability of any kind: the state of being set free.
  6. The act of emancipating, or the state of being emancipated from any bondage or restriction.
  7. Deliverance from bondage or controlling influence; the act of setting free from civil disabilities.
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Usage examples for emancipation

  1. Sometimes at our little gatherings, the " wee boy from England," as the neighbours called me, would be asked to read from the " Nation" a speech of the Liberator- the title his countrymen gave O'Connell after Catholic emancipation – The Life Story of an Old Rebel by John Denvir
  2. My friend, John Candler, who was here a fortnight before me, collected a large assembly to hear his account of the effects of emancipation in our West India Islands, and many expressed themselves much gratified with his narrative. – A Visit To The United States In 1841 by Joseph Sturge
  3. Such an act will be clear robbery, and if exposed, might, under the Divine direction, do the cause of Emancipation more good, than any thing that could happen, for, " He makes even the wrath of man to praise him, and the remainder of wrath he will restrain." – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  4. It was but a feeble step toward emancipation but it was the recognition of right, and was hailed as such, and exhibited Spain in harmony with sentiments of humanity and of justice and in sympathy with the other powers of the Christian and civilized world. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  5. With all your talk of emancipation you're still as conventional as Mrs. Grundy. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  6. Not to oppose the emancipation of education but to favor it. – The Reign of Greed Complete English Version of 'El Filibusterismo' by Jose Rizal
  7. The means employed were the same as those by which he obtained Emancipation Popular Agitation. – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton
  8. As years passed on, people other than Quakers began to consider slavery an injustice and an evil; and this feeling gradually increased, until in the beginning of the nineteenth century it became very strong, and in 1820 an act was passed by the Legislature for the emancipation of the slaves. – Stories of New Jersey by Frank Richard Stockton
  9. He was very bitter against the Duchess for her manifest joy at emancipation – The Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1563-64 by John Lothrop Motley
  10. In demanding absolute emancipation industrial and personal, Feminists had no other thought but that such new liberty would have widened woman's scope for usefulness, for happiness, for self- development. – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
  11. The occupation seemed to bring him nearer to his emancipation – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  12. The reason of this is that since the date of Catholic emancipation most careers are open to everybody. – The Glories of Ireland by Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
  13. Her grandfather had begun a political emancipation from the ruling influences of the continent, her father an ecclesiastical one: Elizabeth took up their task and accomplished it victoriously against Rome and against Spain, while her people had an ever- increasing part in public affairs, and thus entered into a new stage of development. – A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6) by Leopold von Ranke
  14. Moreover, the aspirations after civil liberty that were stirred up by the emancipation of thought had means of action in the old institution of the country- the charter, the Parliament, the laws, the precedents. – The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI. by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  15. On the morning when the Westmore slaves had celebrated their emancipation by departing from Westmore, Hetty had been left behind. – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
  16. The demand was made in a qualified form, but I renewed it in the December following in an address that I delivered before the Emancipation League. – Reminiscences of Sixty Years in Public Affairs, Vol. 1 by George Boutwell
  17. This is especially true where before emancipation the education of the people was neglected or prevented, in the interest of slavery. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  18. And the importance of scientific method in modern practical life- always growing and increasing- is the guarantee for the gradual emancipation of the ignorant upper and lower classes, the former of whom especially are the strength of the priests. – Aphorisms and Reflections from the works of T. H. Huxley by Thomas Henry Huxley
  19. You might have preached negro emancipation to Madam Esmond of Castlewood as you might have told her to let the horses run loose out of her stables; she had no doubt but that the whip and the corn- bag were good for both. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. I was inclined at first to venture the opinion that she was an actress; but I discovered that she possessed the attracting power of an actress without the calculated manner of one; her very lack of self- consciousness was proof of this emancipation – Mrs. Falchion, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
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