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enfranchise

[en-fran-chahyz] /ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz/
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
1505-1515
1505-15; < Middle French, Old French enfranchiss- (long stem of enfranchir to free), equivalent to en- en-1 + franch- free (see frank1) + iss- -ish2
Related forms
enfranchisement
[en-fran-chahyz-muh nt, -chiz-] /ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz mənt, -tʃɪz-/ (Show IPA),
noun
enfranchiser, noun
unenfranchised, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un enfranchised

enfranchise

/ɪnˈfræntʃaɪz/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
enfranchisement, noun
enfranchiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for un enfranchised

enfranchise

v.

early 15c., "to set free," from Old French enfranchiss-, present participle stem of enfranchir "to set or make free; grant a franchise to;" from en- "make, put in" (see en- (1)) + franc "free" (see franchise).

Meaning "to admit to membership in a state" (generally with reference to voting privileges) is from 1680s. Related: Enfranchised; enfranchisement.

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