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1 : to free from restraint, control, or the power of another
: to free from bondage [emancipated the slaves] compare enfranchise
2 : to release from the care, responsibility, and control of one's parents compare age of majority, legal age NOTE: The circumstances under which a minor may become emancipated vary from state to state. In many states, however, the marriage of a minor results in his or her emancipation.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.