from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To free from slavery or bondage; emancipate.
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- v. To release from slavery, to free.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To release from slavery; to liberate from personal bondage or servitude; to free, as a slave.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To release from slavery; liberate from personal bondage or servitude; set free, as a slave; emancipate.
- Synonyms Enfranchise, Liberate, etc. See emancipate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. free from slavery or servitude
It is evident, that others cannot "manumit" for them.
The freeing of enslaved persons – manumission – was not regulated by statute in South Carolina until 1712, when the colonial legislature decreed that slaveholders or the colonial governor or provincial council could manumit enslaved persons for good cause.
Under Virginian colonial law, a slaveholder could manumit slaves by a special act of the legislature.
From 1782 until 1806, any slaveholder in Virginia could manumit slaves for any reason, either in his will or while still living, by any other instrument in writing, under his or her hand and seal.
After the Revolution, at the behest of petitions from the Quakers and the Methodists, the Virginia state government passed a very liberal manumission law in 1782 I mean liberal towards white slave-holders who wanted to manumit; freed blacks still suffered under a racial police state.
When this is done, go down with me to the slave market and sell me as thou boughtest me to whoso will buy me with my blemish; but thou shalt not manumit me, for I have no handicraft whereby to gain my living; 99 and this my demand is a matter of law which the doctors have laid down in the Chapter of Emancipation.
Or an insolvent master might manumit his slaves to thwart his creditors.
Even if a man wishes to manumit one of his slaves, and is given permission to do so, the freed slave is required to leave the colony within a short time-or he may be captured and enslaved by anyone who chooses to take him.
If our whole family economic situation had that base, would we manumit all our slaves?
Our praetor-governor Nerva scurried off to Sicily and began to manumit the Italians, who number about a quarter of the total grain slaves.