rotten borough

noun

Definition of rotten borough

: an election district that has many fewer inhabitants than other election districts with the same voting power

First Known Use of rotten borough

1765, in the meaning defined above

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“Rotten borough.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rotten%20borough. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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