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disenfranchise

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verb dis·en·fran·chise \ˌdis-in-ˈfran-ˌchīz\

Simple Definition of disenfranchise

  • : to prevent (a person or group of people) from having the right to vote

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of disenfranchise

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to deprive of a franchise, of a legal right, or of some privilege or immunity; especially :  to deprive of the right to vote

disenfranchisement

play \-ˌchīz-mənt, -chəz-\ noun

Examples of disenfranchise in a sentence

  1. They disenfranchised poor people by making property ownership a requirement for registering to vote.



What Does It Mean to Disenfranchise Someone?

Disenfranchise first appeared in English in the 17th century, preceded for a period of some 200 years by the now uncommon word disfranchise. Though both words are, rather obviously, related to franchise, they have nothing to do with that word’s current sense “a team that is a member of a professional sports league." The original meaning of franchise was “freedom from servitude or restraint.” Although disenfranchise does broadly signify depriving someone of any of a number of legal rights, it is most often used today of withholding the right to vote, or of the diminished social or political status of a marginalized group.

1664

First Known Use of disenfranchise

1664


DISENFRANCHISE Defined for Kids

disenfranchise

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verb dis·en·fran·chise \ˌdi-sən-ˈfran-ˌchīz\

Definition of disenfranchise for Students

disenfranchised

disenfranchising

  1. :  to deprive of the right to vote

disenfranchisement

\-ˈfran-ˌchīz-mənt\ noun



Law Dictionary

disenfranchise

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transitive verb dis·en·fran·chise \ˌdis-ən-ˈfran-ˌchīz\

Legal Definition of disenfranchise

disenfranchised

disenfranchising

disenfranchisement

noun



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