verb (manumits, manumitting, manumitted)[with object] historical
Release from slavery; set free: old Angus had never manumitted a single slave
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- 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.
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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.
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- 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.
Late Middle English: from Latin manumittere, literally 'send forth from the hand', from manus 'hand' + mittere 'send'.
Words that rhyme with manumitacquit, admit, backlit, bedsit, befit, bit, Brit, Britt, chit, commit, demit, dit, emit, fit, flit, frit, git, grit, hit, intermit, it, kit, knit, legit, lickety-split, lit, mishit, mitt, nit, omit, outsit, outwit, permit, pit, Pitt, pretermit, quit, remit, retrofit, sit, skit, slit, snit, spit, split, sprit, squit, submit, transmit, twit, whit, wit, writ, zit
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