Definition of manumit in English:



[with object]historical
  • Release from slavery; set free.

    ‘old Angus had never manumitted a single slave’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It even seemed possible that they could improve the conditions of slaves and persuade ever more planters to manumit their bondsmen.’
    • ‘They manumitted them if they were children of slave women and deeded them property.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To be manumitted, slaves required ‘free papers,’ even when masters failed to confer these promised documents, either through callousness, unexpected debt, or untimely death.’
    set free, free, release, let out, let go, discharge, let loose, set loose, deliver, save, rescue, extricate
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Late Middle English: from Latin manumittere, literally ‘send forth from the hand’, from manus ‘hand’ + mittere ‘send’.