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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).]
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|Noun||1.||enfranchisement - freedom from political subjugation or servitude|
freedom - the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
|2.||enfranchisement - a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)|
legal right - a right based in law
right to vote, suffrage, vote - a legal right guaranteed by the 15th amendment to the US Constitution; guaranteed to women by the 19th amendment; "American women got the vote in 1920"
|3.||enfranchisement - the act of certifying or bestowing a franchise on|
empowerment, authorisation, authorization - the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
accreditation - the act of granting credit or recognition (especially with respect to educational institution that maintains suitable standards); "a commission is responsible for the accreditation of medical schools"
disenfranchisement - the act of withdrawing certification or terminating a franchise
noun giving the vote, giving voting rights, granting voting rights, granting suffrage or the franchise Sylvia Pankhurst, who fought for women's enfranchisement