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affranchise

[uh-fran-chahyz] /əˈfræn tʃaɪz/
verb (used with object), affranchised, affranchising.
1.
to free from a state of dependence, servitude, or obligation.
Origin
late Middle English
1450-1500
1450-1500; late Middle English < Middle French afranchiss-, long stem of afranchir, verbal derivative, with a- a-5, of franc free; see frank1
Related forms
affranchisement, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for affranchise

affranchise

/əˈfræntʃaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to release from servitude or an obligation
Derived Forms
affranchisement, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French afranchiss-, a stem of afranchir, from franchir to free; see frank
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