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Definition of FRANCHISE

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Franchise \Fran"chise\ (? or ?; 277), n. [F., fr. franc, fem. franche, free. See {Frank}, a.]
     1. Exemption from constraint or oppression; freedom; liberty. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     2. (LAw) A particular privilege conferred by grant from a sovereign or a government, and vested in individuals; an immunity or exemption from ordinary jurisdiction; a constitutional or statutory right or privilege, esp. the right to vote. [1913 Webster]

              Election by universal suffrage, as modified by the Constitution, is the one crowning franchise of the American people.                      --W. H. Seward. [1913 Webster]

     3. The district or jurisdiction to which a particular privilege extends; the limits of an immunity; hence, an asylum or sanctuary. [1913 Webster]

              Churches and mobasteries in Spain are franchises for criminals.                            --London Encyc. [1913 Webster]

     4. Magnanimity; generosity; liberality; frankness; nobility.
        "Franchise in woman." [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     {Elective franchise}, the privilege or right of voting in an election of public officers. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Franchise \Fran"chise\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Franchised}; p. pr.
     & vb. n. {Franchising}.] [Cf. OF. franchir to free, F., to cross.] To make free; to enfranchise; to give liberty to. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

105 Moby Thesaurus words for "franchise": Australian ballot, Hare system, affranchise, authorize, aye, ballot, blank check, brevet, canvass, canvassing, carte blanche, casting vote, certificate, certify, charter, concession, copyright, counting heads, cumulative voting, deciding vote, diploma, diplomatic immunity, discharge, dispensation, division, empower, enable, enfranchise, enfranchisement, entitle, exception, exemption, fagot vote, favor, female suffrage, freedom, give official sanction, give power, grant, graveyard vote, hand vote, household franchise, immunity, indulgence, legalize, legislative immunity, legitimize, letters patent, liberty, license, list system, manhood suffrage, nay, no, nontransferable vote, patent, permission, plebiscite, plebiscitum, plumper, plural vote, poll, polling, preferential voting, privilege, proportional representation, proxy, ratify, record vote, referendum, release, representation, right to vote, rising vote, royal grant, sanction, say, secret ballot, show of hands, single vote, snap vote, special favor, straw vote, suffrage, suffragette, suffragettism, suffragism, suffragist, the vote, transferable vote, universal suffrage, validate, viva voce, voice, voice vote, vote, voting, voting right, warrant, woman-suffragist, write-in, write-in vote, yea, yeas and nays, yes

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