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Enfranchise meaning

Suffrage, political franchise, or simply franchise is the right to vote in public, political elections (although the term is sometimes used for any right to vote). The right to run for office is sometimes called candidate eligibility, and the combination of both rights is sometimes called full suffrage. In many languages, the right to vote is called the active right to vote and the right to run for office is called the passive right to vote. In English, these are sometimes called active suffrage and passive suffrage. Suffrage is often conceived in terms of elections for representatives.


  1. (v. t.) To endow with a franchise; to incorporate into a body politic and thus to invest with civil and political privileges; to admit to the privileges of a freeman.
  2. (v. t.) To set free; to liberate from slavery, prison, or any binding power.
  3. (v. t.) To receive as denizens; to naturalize; as, to enfranchise foreign words.
Word: en·fran·chise
Pronunciation of enfranchise: in-'fran-"chIz, en-
Function of enfranchise: transitive verb
Other forms of enfranchise: -chised; -chis·ing
Origin of enfranchise: Middle English, from Middle French enfranchiss-, stem of enfranchir, from Old French, from en- franc free -- more at FRANK
1 : to set free (as from slavery)
2 : to endow with a franchise: as a : to admit to the privileges of a citizen and especially to the right of suffrage b : to admit (a municipality) to political privileges or rights
- en·fran·chise·ment /-"chIz-m&nt, -ch&z-/ noun

Synonyms of enfranchise


Antonyms of enfranchise

Disenfranchise, Disfranchise,