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[dis-en-fran-chahyz] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz/
verb (used with object), disenfranchised, disenfranchising.
to disfranchise.
Origin of disenfranchise
1620-30; dis-1 + enfranchise
Related forms
[dis-en-fran-chahyz-muh nt, -chiz-] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz mənt, -tʃɪz-/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disenfranchise
  • It does disenfranchise people who vote on the losing side.
  • disenfranchise the powerless in theory and soon they will be disenfranchised in practice.
  • Government imposed smoking bans ostracize and disenfranchise a huge segment of these private businesses' regular clientele.
  • It is still against the law to disenfranchise voters.
  • However, our operators still felt disenfranchise as well as confused on the basis for requirements.
British Dictionary definitions for disenfranchise


verb (transitive)
to deprive (a person) of the right to vote or other rights of citizenship
to deprive (a place) of the right to send representatives to an elected body
to deprive (a business concern, etc) of some privilege or right
to deprive (a person, place, etc) of any franchise or right
Derived Forms
disenfranchisement (ˌdɪsɪnˈfræntʃɪzmənt), disfranchisement, noun
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Word Origin and History for disenfranchise

"deprive of civil or electoral privileges," 1640s, from dis- + enfranchise. Earlier form was disfranchise (mid-15c.). Related: Disenfranchised; disenfranchisement.

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