Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of setting free; release from slavery or from custody; enlargement.
- n. The admission of a person or persons to the freedom of a state or corporation; investiture with the privileges of free citizens; the incorporating of a person into any society or body politic; now, specifically, bestowment of the electoral franchise or the right of voting.
- n. The act of enfranchising
- n. The release from slavery
- n. The investiture with any of several municipal privileges
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Releasing from slavery or custody.
- n. Admission to the freedom of a corporation or body politic; investiture with the privileges of free citizens.
- n. a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
- n. the act of certifying or bestowing a franchise on
- n. freedom from political subjugation or servitude
“Thus redistribution without enfranchisement is not a credible alternative and does little to alleviate the threat of revolution.”
“It is scarcely too much to say that to her mind this question was second in importance to none, and though the word enfranchisement, as applied to woman, had not yet been uttered, the whole theory of it was in Sarah's heart, and she eagerly awaited the proper time and place to develop it.”
“Christians; for such enfranchisement is doubtless a benefit so far as it may be compatible with truth and piety.”
“As I see it, real enfranchisement is an opportunity to participate in the selection of the nation’s political leaders in a way that has at least some chance of affecting the result, not merely having your votes “counted.””
“Their exactions at last became unendurable, and a long struggle broke out between them and the burghers, which resulted in what is known as the enfranchisement of the towns.”
“A common and altogether natural error into which the negroes soon fell after their enfranchisement was the belief that the Republican party of the North was securely lodged in governmental control, and that it was unreservedly committed to the maintenance of their political rights against their late”
“Moreover, as woman is the most important factor in the marriage relation, her enfranchisement is the primal step in deciding the basis of family life.”
“The melancholy absurdity of giving these people votes, at any rate at present, would glare at one out of every roll of their eyes, chuckle in their mouths, and bump in their heads, if one did not see (as one cannot help seeing in the country) that their enfranchisement is a mere party trick to get votes.”
“The DNC has to determine how to approportion the delegates for the national convention from 2 states that violated the primary process independent of voters 'enfranchisement'.”
“Such chivalry, it would seem, is an insult to the power and intelligence of the women of Utah, who celebrated their "enfranchisement" by a convention to favor the free coinage of silver, 16 to 1, and whose behavior on that occasion was, to say the least, boyish.”
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