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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  (LAw)  A  particular  privilege  conferred  by  grant  from  a 
  sovereign  or  a  government,  and  vested  in  individuals;  an 
  imunity  or  exemption  from  ordinary  jurisdiction;  a 
  constitutional  or  statutory  right  or  privilege,  esp.  the 
  right  to  vote. 
 
  Election  by  universal  suffrage,  as  modified  by  the 
  Constitution,  is  the  one  crowning  franchise  of  the 
  American  people.  --W.  H. 
  Seward. 
 
  3.  The  district  or  jurisdiction  to  which  a  particular 
  privilege  extends;  the  limits  of  an  immunity;  hence  an 
  asylum  or  sanctuary. 
 
  Churches  and  mobasteries  in  Spain  are  franchises  for 
  criminals.  --London 
  Encyc. 
 
  4.  Magnanimity;  generosity;  liberality;  frankness;  nobility. 
  ``Franchise  in  woman.''  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  {Elective  franchise},  the  privilege  or  right  of  voting  in  an 
  election  of  public  officers. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  franchise 
  n  1:  an  authorization  to  sell  a  company's  goods  or  services  in  a 
  particular  place 
  2:  a  business  established  or  operated  under  an  authorization  to 
  sell  or  distribute  a  company's  goods  or  services  in  a 
  particular  area  [syn:  {dealership}] 
  3:  a  statutory  right  or  privilege  granted  to  a  person  or  group 
  by  a  government  (especially  the  right  to  vote) 
  v  :  grant  a  franchise  to  in  commerce 




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