Definition of manumit in English:


Line breaks: manu|mit
Pronunciation: /ˌmanjʊˈmɪt

verb (manumits, manumitting, manumitted)

[with object] historical
Release from slavery; set free: old Angus had never manumitted a single slave
More example sentences
  • Gradually they have been manumitted; the slaves are free, women vote, young people have a childhood and a charter, the mentally unstable given a place, the disabled access.
  • To be manumitted, slaves required ‘free papers,’ even when masters failed to confer these promised documents, either through callousness, unexpected debt, or untimely death.
  • In response, members of the Georgia and South Carolina Congressional delegations intimated that if Congress attempted to manumit slaves, their states would leave the Union.


late Middle English: from Latin manumittere, literally 'send forth from the hand', from manus 'hand' + mittere 'send'.



Pronunciation: /-ˈmɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Some of the Africans who arrived as slaves became free through manumission by sympathetic owners, or perhaps by a selfish owner who granted freedom rather than support elderly or incapacitated slaves.
  • Full manumission brought freedom and Roman citizenship at the same time.
  • Furthermore, the number of slaves had been reduced since many slave families had won their freedom by manumission.


More example sentences
  • Too focused on the manumitters' motives (whether moral, material, or both), they neglect the equally important ‘actions and behavior of the blacks who were seeking to become free’.
  • In this period, fewer than 40 percent of manumitters freed all their slaves.
  • Following the gradualist laws and conditional manumissions-which delayed freedom well until adulthood-many manumitters required their slaves to agree to long-term indentureships as part of the price of freedom, thereby reviving an older system of subordination and providing masters with a profitable exit from slave ownership.

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