enfranchise

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verb en·fran·chise \in-ˈfran-ˌchīz, en-\

Definition of enfranchise

enfranchised

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enfranchising

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to set free (as from slavery)

  3. 2 :  to endow with a franchise: such asa :  to admit to the privileges of a citizen and especially to the right of suffrageb :  to admit (a municipality) to political privileges or rights

enfranchisement

play \in-ˈfran-ˌchīz-mənt, -chəz-, en-\ noun

Examples of enfranchise in a Sentence

  1. in a way, modern labor-saving appliances enfranchised people, giving them much more leisure time

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Origin and Etymology of enfranchise

Middle English, from Anglo-French enfranchiss-, stem of enfranchir, from en- + franc free — more at frank


ENFRANCHISE Defined for English Language Learners

enfranchise

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Definition of enfranchise for English Language Learners

  • : to give (someone) the legal right to vote


Law Dictionary

enfranchise

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transitive verb en·fran·chise \in-ˈfran-ˌchīz\

Legal Definition of enfranchise

enfranchised

enfranchising

  1. :  to grant franchise to; especially :  to admit to the privileges of a citizen and especially to voting rights the Twenty-sixth Amendment enfranchised all citizens over 18 years of age — compare emancipate



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