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tr.v. en·fran·chised, en·fran·chis·ing, en·fran·chis·es
1. To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.
2. To free, as from bondage.
3. To bestow a franchise on.

[Middle English enfraunchisen, from Old French enfranchir, enfranchiss-, to set free : en-, intensive pref.; see en-1 + franchir (from franc, free; see frank1).]

en·fran′chise′ment n.
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Adj.1.enfranchised - endowed with the rights of citizenship especially the right to vote
disenfranchised, disfranchised, voteless, voiceless - deprived of the rights of citizenship especially the right to vote; "labor was voiceless"; "disenfrenchised masses took to the streets"
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For myself, there was one reward I promised myself from my detested toils-- one consolation for my unparalleled sufferings; it was the prospect of that day when, enfranchised from my miserable slavery, I might claim Elizabeth and forget the past in my union with her.
A brand-new, enfranchised, emancipated dress, dear.
The next moment, without any visible cause for the change, her unwonted joy shrank back, appalled, as it were, and clothed itself in mourning; or it ran and hid itself, so to speak, in the dungeon of her heart, where it had long lain chained, while a cold, spectral sorrow took the place of the imprisoned joy, that was afraid to be enfranchised, --a sorrow as black as that was bright.
His father was a tireless and devoted member of the group of London anti-slavery workers (Claphamites), and was Secretary of the company which conducted Sierra Leone (the African state for enfranchised negroes); he had also made a private fortune in African trade.
It is important the coin depicts men and not just women because it wasn't just women enfranchised but younger men as well.
It is important the coin depicts men and not just women because it wasn't just women that were enfranchised but younger men as well.
Scotland enfranchised teens aged 16 and 17 in 2015.
Despite the general continuity of life in Mesoamerica, those Indios and Spaniards who interacted most frequently at the viceroy's court in Mexico City, or with it through the use of trusted intermediaries, became enfranchised by the participation, contends L pez-Portillo, leading to a new identification with the sui generis political culture of New Spain, which they had helped to generate.
The young newly enfranchised have seen their long-term fates decided by a generation of mainly English retainers, whose definition of foreigners (ie migrants) began at the Welsh and Scottish borders.
Kops dramatizes the uneven development of women's suffrage by detailing resistance to this cause and the facts about how some states enfranchised women before others.
A poster aimed at newly enfranchised German women presents the party as the defender of families.
Parts of the UK have enfranchised 16 and 17-year-olds for some elections but not others.