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mancĭpātĭo (mancŭp-), ōnis, f. [mancipo], a making over, delivery, transfer of a thing to another; one of the modes of acquiring possession by the Roman civil law; hence, also, for purchase: qui mancipio accipit, apprehendere id ipsum, quod ei mancipio datur, necesse sit: unde etiam mancipatio dicitur, quia manu res capitur, Gai. Inst. 1, 121 (v. the passage in full under mancipium): mancupationem tabulis probare, the purchase, Plin. 9, 35, 58, 117.