Definition of disenfranchise in English:


(also disfranchise)


[with object]
  • 1Deprive (someone) of the right to vote.

    ‘the law disenfranchised some 3,000 voters on the basis of a residence qualification’
    • ‘You're diluting the votes of some persons who are treated differently than others and you're completely disenfranchising other voters.’
    • ‘But vote groups are concerned asking people for more information could disenfranchise legitimate voters on election day.’
    • ‘There has also been much criticism of holding the vote midweek, which meant many students were disenfranchised from casting their vote.’
    • ‘The North's new Electoral Fraud Act may disenfranchise some voters in the run-up to the Assembly elections, according to the parties there.’
    • ‘He later took his argument even further, making the ultimate racist case for disfranchising black voters.’
    • ‘Besides disenfranchising voters abroad, the legislation will ban independent election monitors.’
    • ‘The Department of Justice determined that there was no impropriety whatsoever, and that voters were not disenfranchised.’
    • ‘And Florida's Supreme Court rejected the argument that voters are disenfranchised when provisional ballots they cast in the wrong precincts are not counted.’
    • ‘It disenfranchises many voters in California.’
    • ‘Florida is home to 400,000 of these disenfranchised voters.’
    • ‘And just in case you have not entirely made up your mind, remember what happened in the US elections when thousands of voters were disenfranchised in Florida.’
    • ‘Listen to the radio, and there's the man talking about the racist plot to disenfranchise black voters during the election.’
    • ‘Among the many questions following the confusing president election is whether some African-American voters were disenfranchised.’
    • ‘As well as disenfranchising voters abroad, the election bill aims at banning independent election monitors and allowing only a government-appointed commission to conduct voter education.’
    • ‘Because so many voters were disenfranchised four years ago, Congress voted to require that all states provide provisional ballots to everyone who turns up to vote but is not listed on the rolls.’
    • ‘Voters are disfranchised all the time; Florida made the news - and the courts - only because control of the White House came down to a few votes.’
    • ‘It is suing to block the use of the punchcard ballots, claiming the system is faulty and disenfranchises minority voters.’
    • ‘This would yield an identical electoral outcome without disfranchising anyone.’
    • ‘He suggested the nomination " threw salt on the wounds of the thousands of Floridians whose voting rights were disenfranchised during the election.’
    • ‘An estimated 4.6 million Americans currently cannot vote due to laws that disenfranchise individuals with a felony conviction, often for a nonviolent drug offense.’
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    1. 1.1 Deprive (someone) of a right or privilege.
      ‘we strongly oppose any measure which would disenfranchise people from access to legal advice’
      • ‘The poorest and most disenfranchised members of the community may have different perspectives than the well-off, who exist even in urban slums.’
      • ‘Throughout the postwar era, desperate and disenfranchised young people in developing countries sought solace in communism.’
      • ‘It's a very disenfranchised neighbourhood and it needs as much community space and organising as possible.’
      • ‘But when fathers are disenfranchised by misguided government programs, here's the result.’
      • ‘Well, let me just say throughout our history, and even recent history, there have been attempts, organized attempts to disenfranchise people across the board.’
      • ‘It was not to deprive, to disenfranchise people.’
      • ‘Whilst the main parties vie for support amongst the wealthy, the working class has been politically disenfranchised and is bereft of any means of articulating its independent interests.’
      • ‘The Party is dead and working class people have been cruelly disenfranchised.’
      • ‘He knows he deliberately disenfranchised farmers - and they have long memories.’
      • ‘The party's decline is a function of a deliberate and sustained attempt to disenfranchise the working class, which has provided the political basis for an unprecedented growth of social inequality.’
      • ‘It was not just those most disenfranchised members of our society, the children, who were patronized, humoured and ignored.’
      • ‘Throughout the six-week election campaign, the working class has been completely disenfranchised.’
      • ‘This has left the working class disenfranchised, with no political mechanism through which to articulate their independent interests.’
      • ‘In the democratic contest that matters most to the world, the world is disenfranchised.’
      • ‘In the future, after global warming has made cities the only safe places to live, large sections of the world are closed to disenfranchised people who have to live in deserts.’
      • ‘The working people are politically disenfranchised.’
      • ‘The working class has been politically disenfranchised, and faces a full frontal assault on its jobs, living standards and democratic rights whatever the final composition of the next government.’
      • ‘Dave watched a friend be completely disenfranchised by the parents of his late partner - he was even excluded from the funeral.’
      • ‘In our view, scaling seriously disenfranchises students and creates failures for no other reason than the reporting of statistical niceties.’
      • ‘Other people living near GM trial sites are similarly disenfranchised.’
    2. 1.2archaic Deprive (a place) of the right to send a representative to Parliament.
      • ‘The huge sum of £15,000 was paid in compensation when the two parliamentary seats were disfranchised.’
      • ‘The problem had become one of fossilized and self-perpetuating rights: the crown could create new boroughs in both senses, but rarely chose to disfranchise those old boroughs which had ceased to be important.’
    3. 1.3archaic Deprive (someone) of the rights and privileges of a free inhabitant of a borough, city, or country.
      • ‘To date the drug war has focused primarily on inner cities and the politically disenfranchised minorities who live there.’
      • ‘Are you happy for our legislative to have free rein to disenfranchise you of your rights?’
      • ‘When Pennsylvania's Constitution was revised in 1838 to disfranchise free black men in the name of expanding white manhood suffrage, young black male reformers leapt forward to challenge it.’