rotten borough

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rotten borough

n.
An election district having only a few voters but the same voting power as other more populous districts.

rotten borough

n
1. (Historical Terms) (before the Reform Act of 1832) any of certain English parliamentary constituencies with only a very few electors. Compare pocket borough
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (before the Reform Act of 1832) any of certain English parliamentary constituencies with only a very few electors. Compare pocket borough

rot′ten bor′ough


n.
1. (before the Reform Bill of 1832) an English borough that had very few voters yet was represented in Parliament.
2. any election district that has more representatives in a legislative body than the number of its constituents would normally call for.
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Noun1.rotten borough - an English parliamentary constituency with few electors
borough - an English town that forms the constituency of a member of parliament
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