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universal suffrage

suffrage for all persons over a certain age, usually 18 or 21, who in other respects satisfy the requirements established by law.
Origin of universal suffrage
1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You have applied what you call "universal suffrage" to a question to which universal suffrage did not apply.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • Put that second if you will, but universal suffrage must be first.

  • He asked me what I thought of universal suffrage for this country.

    A Residence in France J. Fenimore Cooper
  • They say universal suffrage is a failure, forgetting that we have never had universal suffrage.

  • France has spoken, say they: vox populi, vox Dei, universal suffrage has voted; everything is covered by a ballot.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • The notion of good and evil is insoluble by universal suffrage.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • universal suffrage, says Sybel, has always heralded the end of parliamentary government.

    The Victorian Age William Ralph Inge
  • The question what is to be done with you is no concern of universal suffrage.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • So weak a Ministry for so strong a measure as the restoration of universal suffrage!

  • The Senate is chosen by the delegates of universal suffrage.

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