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Meaning of Emancipation

The act by which one who was under the control and power of another is set free. The word has its origin in roman law , where the laws relating to emancipation were principally concerned with the process by which the father relinquished his power and control over his child so that the latter became sui juris. When a child attains his majority , unless he is non compos mentis, he is deemed to be emancipated. Inhabitants of the Town of Winslow v Inhabitants of the City of Old Town, 181 A. 816, 134 Me. 73. The act of a parent emancipating his child need not be in writing nor in express words, but may be implied by conduct . Porter v Powell, 44 N. W. 295, 79 Iowa 15; City of Minneapolis v Town of Orono, 2 N. W.2d 149, 212 Minn. 7.

Emancipation Alternative Definition

An act by which a person who was once in the power of another is rendered free. This is of importance mainly in relation to the emancipation of minors from the parental control. See 3 Term R. 355; 6 Term R. 247; 8 Term R. 479; 3 East, 276; 10 East, 88; H Vt. 258, 477. See Cooper, Just. Inst 441, 480; 2 Ball. (Pa.) 57, 58; Civ. Code La. bk. 1, tit. 8, c. 3; Ferriere, Diet, de Jur.; 15 Mass. 272; 8 Cow. (N. Y.) 184.

Synonyms of Emancipation


  • acquittal
  • deliverance
  • deliverance from bondage
  • discharge
  • enfranchisement
  • extrication
  • freedom
  • liberatio
  • liberation
  • liberty
  • manumissio
  • manumission
  • pardon
  • possession of full rights
  • release
  • release from custody
  • reprieve
  • salvation
  • setting free
  • unshackling Associated Concepts: complete emancipation
  • emancipation of minors
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • express emancipation
  • implied emancipation
  • partial emancipation

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Emancipation is when a minor has achieved independence from his or her parents, such as by getting married before reaching age 18 or by becoming fully independent.

Emancipation is when a minor has achieved independence from his or her parents, such as by getting married before reaching age 18 or by becoming fully independent.

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