Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The condition of a freeman or a manumitted slave.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Lat. Freedom; liberty; the state or condition of one who is free. Also liberty given to a servant by manumission.
    —Ingennitas regni. In old English law. The freemen, yeomanry, or commonalty of the kingdom. Cowell. Applied sometimes also to the barons.