disenfranchise

verb dis·en·fran·chise \ ˌdis-in-ˈfran-ˌchīz \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of disenfranchise

transitive verb
: to deprive of a franchise, of a legal right, or of some privilege or immunity; especially : to deprive of the right to vote
  • disenfranchising the poor and elderly

disenfranchisement

play \-ˌchīz-mənt, -chəz-\ noun

Examples of disenfranchise in a Sentence

  1. They disenfranchised poor people by making property ownership a requirement for registering to vote.

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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.

First Known Use of disenfranchise

1664


DISENFRANCHISE Defined for English Language Learners

disenfranchise

verb

Definition of disenfranchise for English Language Learners

  • : to prevent (a person or group of people) from having the right to vote


DISENFRANCHISE Defined for Kids

disenfranchise

verb dis·en·fran·chise \ ˌdi-sᵊn-ˈfran-ˌchīz \

Definition of disenfranchise for Students

disenfranchised; disenfranchising
: to deprive of the right to vote

disenfranchisement

\-ˈfran-ˌchīz-mənt\ noun

Law Dictionary

disenfranchise

transitive verb dis·en·fran·chise \ ˌdis-ᵊn-ˈfran-ˌchīz \

legal Definition of disenfranchise

disenfranchised; disenfranchising

disenfranchisement

noun

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