eman·ci·pate /i-'man-sə-ˌpāt/ vt -pat·ed, -pat·ing
1: to free from restraint, control, or the power of another; esp: 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
◇ 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.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

(1) To free someone from the control of someone else; to liberate.
(2) For a parent to relinquish parental rights and duties toward a child.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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