- Enfranchise is defined as to free from slavery or legal obligation, or to give the rights of citizenship.
An example of enfranchise is to set a slave free.
Slaves in America were enfranchised by the Emancipation Proclamation.
transitive verbenfranchised, enfranchising
- to free from slavery, bondage, legal obligation, etc.
- to give a franchise to; specif., to admit to citizenship, esp. to the right to vote
Origin of enfranchiseMiddle English enfraunchisen ; from Old French enfranchiss-, stem of enfranchir, to set free, enfranchise ; from en-, in + franchir, to set free ; from franc: see frank
transitive verben·fran·chised, en·fran·chis·ing, en·fran·chis·es
- To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.
- To free, as from bondage.
- To bestow a franchise on.
Origin of enfranchiseMiddle English enfraunchisen, from Old French enfranchir, enfranchiss-, to set free : en-, intensive pref.; see en–1 + franchir (from franc, free; see frank1).
(third-person singular simple present enfranchises, present participle enfranchising, simple past and past participle enfranchised)
From Old French enfranchir (“to set free, enfranchise”), from en- (“in”) + franchir (“to set free”).
enfranchise - Legal Definition