Elective franchise
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]


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  • elective franchise — The right, rather the privilege, of voting at an election; not a natural right or a civil right, but a political right or privilege conferred and existing only by law, that is, by constitution or statute. Chamberlin v Wood, 15 SD 216, 88 NW 109.… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • franchise — A special privilege to do certain things conferred by government on individual or corporation, and which does not belong to citizens generally of common right; e.g., right granted to offer cable television service. Artesian Water Co. v. State,… …   Black's law dictionary

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