Definition of enfranchise in English:
- After 1860, the trend across Europe was to widen the male electorate and enfranchise women for local elections.
- They will not suddenly enfranchise women, hold elections and step aside from power.
- Women over 30 were enfranchised in 1918; and women over 21 received the vote in 1928.
- All these raised themselves from humble origins to be powerful rulers simply by enfranchising the slaves who joined them.…
- For Stowe, this French colonial tendency to enfranchise mixed-race slaves went hand-in-hand with the history of French slave rebellion.
- A quarter of a million slaves were liberated and enfranchised in the Caribbean, while a new port settlement was also established in 1849 at Libreville in the Gabon for former slaves.
late Middle English (formerly also as infranchise): from Old French enfranchiss-, lengthened stem of enfranchir, from en- (expressing a change of state) + franc, franche 'free'.
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