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disfranchise

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verb dis·fran·chise \(ˌ)dis-ˈfran-ˌchīz\

Definition of disfranchise

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  disenfranchise

disfranchisement

play \-ˌchīz-mənt, -chəz-\ noun


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.

15th Century

First Known Use of disfranchise

15th century


DISFRANCHISE Defined for Kids

disfranchise

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verb dis·fran·chise \dis-ˈfran-ˌchīz\

Definition of disfranchise for Students

disfranchised

disfranchising

disfranchisement

\-ˌchīz-mənt, -chəz-\ noun



Law Dictionary

disfranchise

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transitive verb dis·fran·chise \dis-ˈfran-ˌchīz\

Legal Definition of disfranchise

disfranchised

disfranchising

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




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