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English definition of “franchise”

franchise

noun (VOTE)    /ˈfræn.tʃaɪz/
the franchise [S] the right to vote in an election, especially in order to elect a parliament or similar law-making organization: In 1918 the suffragists won the franchise for UK women over the age of 29.Elections
(Definition of franchise noun (VOTE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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