Examples of disenfranchise in a Sentence
They disenfranchised poor people by making property ownership a requirement for registering to vote.
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Critics argue the law disenfranchises poor and minority voters, who face difficulties obtaining IDs.
Should people who commit any felony be barred from voting for life, disenfranchising some 1.7 million Floridians?
Those leagues have long since been disenfranchised, condemned to the sidelines as western Europe’s great powers fight it out among themselves, and the event has not suffered — quite the opposite, in fact.
Critics of Texas’s voter ID laws argue photo ID requirements disenfranchise poor and minority voters, who face difficulties obtaining IDs.
With a 90-plus minute ride, this plan will only disenfranchise South Coast residents and guarantee that Phase 2 will never happen.
But others argue mass incarceration and sentencing disparities disenfranchise millions of Americans and disproportionately impact people of color.
Robert Moore, 73, was the first person arrested at a demonstration against segregated Gwynn Oak amusement park in 1962, was later arrested while protesting the Vietnam War, and has fought unapologetically for the disenfranchised ever since.
Bob Brady is a vestige of the days when Democrats were aligned with the disenfranchised, the beat cop, the trash guy, the burly Irish bricklayer, and the Italian grandma in a house dress.
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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.
DISENFRANCHISE Defined for English Language Learners
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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