Examples of disenfranchise in a Sentence
They disenfranchised poor people by making property ownership a requirement for registering to vote.
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In a letter sent to the city last month, Kevin Shenkman said that Elk Grove's election system disenfranchises minority voters.
To be proud of one's blackness is to defy a society that systematically seeks to disenfranchise black people.
The disenfranchised don't have the power to elect politicians who could make their situation better.
The panel told the rapt audience of students and gray-haired locals that the new technology could disenfranchise people across the developing world.
Opponents — including Democrats — say the bill would set a precedent that could lead to the state takeover of other schools and would disenfranchise voters who have elected school boards that would be stripped of power.
Yes, but in this country laws have been enacted — or ignored — to disenfranchise and oppress people of color since it was founded.
An Executive branch program that sidelines the issue — giving Dreamers legal status, while keeping them disenfranchised, and congressional Republicans insulated from nativist backlash — was an elegant solution to the party’s dilemma.
Those include allowing foreign election monitors, lifting an electoral ban on several opposition leaders and guaranteeing that millions of Venezuelan exiles won’t be disenfranchised.
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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.
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Definition of disenfranchise for English Language Learners
: to prevent (a person or group of people) from having the right to vote
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