disenfranchised

adjective dis·en·fran·chised \ ˌdis-in-ˈfran-ˌchīzd \

Definition of disenfranchised

: deprived of some right, privilege, or immunity
  • Tough, resourceful, and determined to help her disenfranchised and disenchanted students learn how to learn and love it, Johnson employs a barrage of techniques.
  • —Donna Seaman
  • The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill does what it can, but the millions of mentally ill remain the least supported, the most disenfranchised, and the most excluded people in our society today.
  • —Oliver Sacks
especially : deprived of the right to vote
  • The value of the right to vote, however, given the reality of racial voting patterns, will depend on whether it translates into political power and influence for the previously disenfranchised minority.
  • —Alan Freeman

First Known Use of disenfranchised

1818

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