to deprive (a person) of a right or privilege of citizenship, especially the right to vote: This electoral law disenfranchises people in prison and on parole, but allows those on probation to vote.
to deprive of the rights or privileges of full participation in society or in any community or organization, especially of the opportunity to influence policy or make one’s voice heard: We are intentionally seeking to engage all employees in these discussions so as not to disenfranchise any social minority.
- Sometimes disfranchise .
- dis·en·fran·chise·ment [dis-en-fran-chahyz-muhnt, -chiz-], /ˌdɪs ɛnˈfræn tʃaɪz mənt, -tʃɪz-/, noun
- dis·en·fran·chis·er, noun
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How to use disenfranchise in a sentence
While there are outliers, we have unfortunately left major demographic groups behind, even disenfranchised them.We won’t have a true economic recovery until we tackle the racial wealth gap | matthewheimer | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
Working together today, we can begin to repair the damage of decades of disenfranchising minority groups.We won’t have a true economic recovery until we tackle the racial wealth gap | matthewheimer | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
I really think disenfranchising that entire population — we’re in real danger of that at this point.Hundreds of Thousands of Nursing Home Residents May Not Be Able to Vote in November Because of the Pandemic | by Ryan McCarthy and Jack Gillum | August 26, 2020 | ProPublica
He said the weighted vote disenfranchises over 1 million residents represented by those board members.Politics Report: Down Goes One Hot-Button Ballot Measure | Andrew Keatts | July 18, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The city of San Diego faces the dual crisis of severe budget cuts and a growing demand to increase spending on communities that have been historically disenfranchised.
Translation: disenfranchise voters who traditionally are part of the Democratic coalition, namely minorities.Bigotry Is Back, 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education | Dean Obeidallah | May 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Advancement Project says these laws could potentially disenfranchise tens of thousands of minority voters.
He implied that the opponents who are calling for him to drop out of the race are seeking to disenfranchise the voters.
Partisan voter ID laws would disenfranchise a huge number of poor, young, elderly, and minority voters.
But, my bet is she will disenfranchise many moderate Republicans (like me) and turn off independents.
Not only this, but he proposed to the provincial assembly a measure to disenfranchise all persons who have concubines.China, Japan and the U.S.A. | John Dewey
They effectively discount any and all other means of acquiring knowledge, and totally disenfranchise individuals who cannot read.The Civilization of Illiteracy | Mihai Nadin
The whole thing is gone, and for my part I wish they'd disenfranchise the borough.Phineas Finn | Anthony Trollope
I wish they'd disenfranchise the whole country, and send us a military governor.Phineas Finn | Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for disenfranchise
to deprive (a person) of the right to vote or other rights of citizenship
to deprive (a place) of the right to send representatives to an elected body
to deprive (a business concern, etc) of some privilege or right
to deprive (a person, place, etc) of any franchise or right
- disenfranchisement (ˌdɪsɪnˈfræntʃɪzmənt) or disfranchisement, noun
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