One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To reconvey to the previous owner; to return the rights over (a person, especially a child, or an item of property) to the mancipant.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. From classical Latin remancipāt-, past participial stem of remancipāre to transfer back the ownership of from re- + mancipāre.
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