Definition of enfranchisement in English:

enfranchisement

noun

mass noun
  • 1The giving of a right or privilege, especially the right to vote.

    ‘the World War hastened the enfranchisement of women’
    • ‘Even early American democracy would get low marks by contemporary standards since there was no enfranchisement for the majority of the population.’
    • ‘The sexual citizen from the ranks of youth demands enfranchisement, including full sexual rights.’
    • ‘This is the eighth measure proposing female enfranchisement that the South Australian Parliament has considered.’
    • ‘If black enfranchisement meant the dilution of Caucasian suffrage, whites just had to get over it.’
    • ‘If society has neglected to discharge two solemn obligations, the more important of the two must be fulfilled first: universal teaching must precede universal enfranchisement.’
    • ‘By 1892, borough enfranchisement had risen to 60% of adult males.’
    • ‘The wider enfranchisement of the working class in 1918 helped the rise of Labour.’
    • ‘The movement in that college to set up a dictatorship where there was once a JCR sees the dream of student enfranchisement replaced with sheer pragmatism.’
    • ‘There is a definite link between the work women did in World War One and their enfranchisement in 1918.’
    • ‘Owning a home offers a sense of pride, security, and enfranchisement that is quintessential to our stake in the American dream.’
  • 2historical Liberation from imprisonment or slavery.

    • ‘The issue was only resolved by the enfranchisement of allies who had not participated or had laid down their arms (the historic Julian law of 90).’
    • ‘There were two main ways in which manumission, or enfranchisement as it was more commonly known in the Spanish colonies, could be achieved.’
    • ‘Enfranchisement of slaves, often in a body, and ransom of slaves and captives became works of piety.’
    • ‘After enfranchisement there was virtually nothing approximating a 'freedman' status.’
    • ‘I shall strenuously contend for the immediate enfranchisement of our slave population.’
  • 3British Law
    The action of making land freehold.

    ‘legal costs attributable to the enfranchisement of leasehold properties’
    • ‘The definition had to identify the individual units within a building which were to be available for enfranchisement.’
    • ‘The enfranchisement of part of a building has the effect of separating the freehold titles to different parts of a single structure.’
    • ‘Mr West said he had advised clients with residential and commercial property on letting and leasehold enfranchisement matters.’
    • ‘This was an application by the Lessor for determination of the price for enfranchisement of the subject property under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967.’
    • ‘The legal and political history of the tenant's claim to enfranchisement of the property is not relevant to the valuation to be made by the Tribunal.’

Pronunciation

enfranchisement

/ɛnˈfran(t)ʃɪzm(ə)nt/