from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of emancipating.
- n. The condition of being emancipated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of setting free from the power of another, from slavery, subjection, dependence, or controlling influence
- n. The state of being thus set free; liberation; used of slaves, minors, of a person from prejudices, of the mind from superstition, of a nation from tyranny or subjection.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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; the act or process of emancipation, or the state thereby achieved; liberation
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of setting free from bondage, servitude, or slavery, or from dependence, civil restraints or disabilities, etc.; deliverance from controlling influence or subjection; liberation: as, the emancipation of slaves; emancipation from prejudices, or from burdensome legal disqualifications; the emancipation of Catholics by the act of Parliament passed in 1829.
- n. The freeing of a minor from parental control.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. freeing someone from the control of another; especially a parent's relinquishing authority and control over a minor child
The use of emancipation to refer to anti-slavery, abolitionism, is attributed to Charles Godfrey Leland. (Wiktionary)