enfranchisement

enfranchise

[en-fran-chahyz]
verb (used with object), enfranchised, enfranchising.
1.
to grant a franchise to; admit to citizenship, especially to the right of voting.
2.
to endow (a city, constituency, etc.) with municipal or parliamentary rights.
3.
to set free; liberate, as from slavery.
Also, franchise.


Origin:
1505–15; < Middle French, Old French enfranchiss- (long stem of enfranchir to free), equivalent to en- en-1 + franch- free (see frank1) + iss- -ish2

enfranchisement [en-fran-chahyz-muhnt, -chiz-] , noun
enfranchiser, noun
unenfranchised, adjective
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enfranchise (ɪnˈfræntʃaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to grant the power of voting to, esp as a right of citizenship
2.  to liberate, as from servitude
3.  (in England) to invest (a town, city, etc) with the right to be represented in Parliament
4.  English law to convert (leasehold) to freehold
 
en'franchisement
 
n
 
en'franchiser
 
n

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enfranchise
1530s, from O.Fr. enfranchiss-, extended stem of enfranchir, from en- "make, put in" + franc "free" (see franchise). Related: Enfranchised; enfranchisement.
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