Slaves in America were enfranchised by the Emancipation Proclamation.
An example of enfranchise is to set a slave free.
transitive verb-·chised·, -·chis·ing
- 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 frank 1. )
(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