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Dictionary Definition

emancipated adj
1 free from traditional social restraints; "an emancipated young woman pursuing her career"; "a liberated lifestyle" [syn: liberated]
2 freed from bondage [syn: freed, liberated]

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  1. past of emancipate

Extensive Definition

Emancipation is a term used to describe various efforts to obtain political rights or equality, often for a specifically disenfranchised group, or more generally in discussion of such matters.
The word emancipation was in common use in political affairs of 18th and 19th century political discourse, as in Catholic or Jewish emancipation movements (see the emancipation page for more examples), while female suffrage was a major goal of women's emancipation movements.
Among others, Karl Marx discussed political emancipation in his 1844 essay "On the Jewish Question", although often in addition to (or in contrast with) the term human emancipation. Marx's views of political emancipation in this work were summarized by one writer as entailing "equal status of individual citizens in relation to the state, equality before the law, regardless of religion, property, or other “private” characteristics of individual persons."
"Political emancipation" as a phrase is less common in modern usage, especially outside academic, foreign or activist contexts. However, similar concepts may be referred to by other terms. For instance, in the United States the civil rights movement culminating in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, can be seen as further realization of events such as the Emancipation Proclamation and abolition of slavery a century earlier.

See also


emancipated in Arabic: تحرر
emancipated in Bulgarian: Еманципация
emancipated in Czech: Emancipace
emancipated in German: Emanzipation
emancipated in Spanish: Emancipación
emancipated in Hebrew: אמנציפציה
emancipated in Lithuanian: Emancipacija
emancipated in Hungarian: Emancipáció
emancipated in Macedonian: Еманципација
emancipated in Dutch: Emancipatie
emancipated in Russian: Эмансипация
emancipated in Serbian: Еманципација
emancipated in Finnish: Emansipaatio
emancipated in Slovak: Emancipácia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

afoot and lighthearted, at large, at liberty, clear, delivered, detached, disengaged, easygoing, extricated, footloose, footloose and fancy-free, free, free and easy, free as air, freeborn, freed, go-as-you-please, in the clear, liberated, loose, on parole, on the loose, redeemed, released, rescued, scot-free, unattached, unbound, uncommitted, unengaged, uninvolved, unshackled, untied
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