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enfranchise

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verb en·fran·chise \in-ˈfran-ˌchīz, en-\

Simple Definition of enfranchise

  • : to give (someone) the legal right to vote

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of enfranchise

enfranchised

enfranchising

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to set free (as from slavery)

  3. 2 :  to endow with a franchise: as a :  to admit to the privileges of a citizen and especially to the right of suffrage b :  to admit (a municipality) to political privileges or rights

enfranchisement

play \-ˌchīz-mənt, -chəz-\ noun

Examples of enfranchise in a sentence

  1. <in a way, modern labor-saving appliances enfranchised people, giving them much more leisure time>



Origin and Etymology of enfranchise

Middle English, from Anglo-French enfranchiss-, stem of enfranchir, from en- + franc free — more at frank


First Known Use: 15th century


Law Dictionary

enfranchise

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transitive verb en·fran·chise \in-ˈfran-ˌchīz\

Legal Definition of enfranchise

enfranchised

enfranchising

  1. :  to grant franchise to; especially :  to admit to the privileges of a citizen and especially to voting rights <the Twenty-sixth Amendment enfranchised all citizens over 18 years of age> — compare emancipate





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