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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manumissionnoun

    the formal act of freeing from slavery

    "he believed in the manumission of the slaves"

Wiktionary

  1. manumissionnoun

    release from slavery, freedom, the act of manumitting

  2. Etymology: From the past participle stem of Latin manumittere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Manumissionnoun

    The act of giving liberty to slaves.

    Etymology: manumission, Fr. manumissio, Lat.

    Slaves wore iron rings until their manumission or preferment. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv.

    The pileus was somewhat like a night-cap, as the symbol of liberty, and therefore given to slaves at their manumission. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

Wikipedia

  1. Manumission

    Manumission, or enfranchisement, is the act of freeing enslaved people by their enslavers. Different approaches to manumission were developed, each specific to the time and place of a particular society. Historian Verene Shepherd states that the most widely used term is gratuitous manumission, "the conferment of freedom on the enslaved by enslavers before the end of the slave system".The motivations for manumission were complex and varied. Firstly, it may present itself as a sentimental and benevolent gesture. One typical scenario was the freeing in the master's will of a devoted servant after long years of service. A trusted bailiff might be manumitted as a gesture of gratitude. For those working as agricultural laborers or in workshops, there was little likelihood of being so noticed. In general, it was more common for older slaves to be given freedom. Legislation under the early Roman Empire put limits on the number of slaves that could be freed in wills (lex Fufia Caninia, 2 BCE), which suggests that it had been widely used. Freeing slaves could serve the pragmatic interests of the owner. The prospect of manumission worked as an incentive for slaves to be industrious and compliant. Roman slaves were paid a wage (peculium), which they could save up to buy themselves freedom. Manumission contracts found, in some abundance at Delphi (Greece), specify in detail the prerequisites for liberation. Manumission was not always charitable or altruistic. In one of the stories in the Arabian Nights, in the Richard Francis Burton translation, a slave owner threatens to free his slave for lying to him. The slave says, "thou shall not manumit me, for I have no handicraft whereby to gain my living". Burton notes: "Here the slave refuses to be set free and starve. For a master to do so without ample reason is held disgraceful".

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  1. manumission

    Manumission is the act of a slave owner freeing their slaves. It is a historical term mainly associated with the Roman Empire and the United States before the American Civil War. This act could be done through a legal process or a formal ceremony, depending on the laws and customs of a given time or place.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manumissionnoun

    the act of manumitting, or of liberating a slave from bondage

  2. Etymology: [L. manumissio: cf. F. manumission. See Manumit.]

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  1. Manumission

    Manumission is the act of a slave owner freeing his or her slaves. Different approaches developed, each specific to the time and place of a society's slave system. The motivations of slave owners in manumitting slaves were complex and varied. Firstly, manumission may present itself as a sentimental and benevolent gesture. One typical scenario was the freeing in the master's will of a devoted servant after long years of service. This kind of manumission generally was restricted to slaves who had some degree of intimacy with their masters, such as those serving as personal attendants, household servants, secretaries and the like. In some cases, master and slave had had a long-term sexual relationship. Owners sometimes freed the woman and children born of such relationships. While a trusted bailiff might be manumitted as a gesture of gratitude, for those working as agricultural labourers or in workshops, there was little likelihood of being so noticed. Such feelings of benevolence may have been of value to slave owners themselves as it allowed them to focus on a 'humane component' in the human traffic of slavery. In general, it was more common for older slaves to be given freedom, once they had reached the age where they were beginning to be less useful. Legislation under the early Roman empire put limits on the number of slaves that could be freed in wills, which suggests that it had been widely used.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manumission in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manumission in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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    Freedom is not equivalent to liberty from manumission, but both are attainable.

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