rotten borough(redirected from Rotten boroughs)
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An election district having only a few voters but the same voting power as other more populous districts.
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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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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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