disfranchise

verb dis·fran·chise \ (ˌ)dis-ˈfran-ˌchīz \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of disfranchise

transitive verb

disfranchisement

play \-ˌchīz-mənt, -chəz-\ noun

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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 disfranchise

15th century


DISFRANCHISE Defined for Kids

disfranchise

verb dis·fran·chise \ dis-ˈfran-ˌchīz \

Definition of disfranchise for Students

disfranchised; disfranchising

disfranchisement

\-ˌchīz-mənt, -chəz-\ noun

Law Dictionary

disfranchise

transitive verb dis·fran·chise \ dis-ˈfran-ˌchīz \

legal Definition of disfranchise

disfranchised; disfranchising
:to deprive of a franchise, of a legal right, or of some privilege or immunity; especially :to deprive of the right to vote

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