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franchise
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The Mill on the Floss
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  • But with the Catholic Question had come a slight wind of controversy to break the calm: the elderly rector had become occasionally historical and argumentative; and Mr. Spray, the Independent minister, had begun to preach political sermons, in which he distinguished with much subtlety between his fervent belief in the right of the Catholics to the franchise and his fervent belief in their eternal perdition.

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as in: franchise business Define
a right granted by one organization to another -- most frequently the right of a small company to do business under the brand name and systems of a larger company (as when a local McDonalds restaurant is owned by an individual rather than the McDonalds Corporation)
as in: franchise to vote Define
a privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
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