Law: The act of allowing a minor
to take on adult
responsibilities and freedoms, usually due to a unique set of circumstances. A court
may choose to emancipate a minor who is being abused by her parents and who has proved that she can take care
of herself, a minor whose parents have died and is left as the only family
member with the ability
to take care of his younger siblings, or individuals in other critical circumstances.
The act of setting something free
from something else. "The slaves were emancipated from their masters after the Civil War
." "The animals were emancipated from their captivity after it was found they were being treated cruelly."