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franchise

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1  —as in:
franchise business
Definition 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)
  • She saved for years and then purchased a franchise that sells sandwiches.
franchise = 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)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They had been some of my less successful prophetic franchises.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • The gang that Venkatesh had fallen in with was one of about a hundred branches—franchises, really—of a larger Black Disciples organization.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • And besides, the companies were thieves, people said—had stolen all their franchises with the help of scoundrelly politicians!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • These local franchulates send most of their gross to Medellin in franchising fees and keep barely enough to pay overhead.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Adnan had done well since emigrating over a decade earlier; he owned and managed four Subway franchises in New Orleans.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Maybe one of these franchises ....
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • In other cases (such as the rise of franchising and the spread of obesity) fast food has played a more central role.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The government announced their intention to curb the trade union movement and do away with the limited franchises of the Indian, Coloured, and African peoples.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Mort Janklow built a law firm from scratch in the 1960s, then put together one of the very earliest cable television franchises and sold it for a fortune to Cox Broadcasting.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers

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2  —as in:
franchise to vote
Definition a privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
  • At that time, the franchise was limited to male property owners.
franchise = a privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The South must be kept down and disfranchisement of the whites was one way to keep the South down.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disfranchisement reverses the meaning of franchisement. This is the same pattern as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
  • For any state to make sex a qualification that must ever result in the disfranchisement of one entire half of the people, is to pass a bill of attainder, or, an ex post facto law, and is therefore a violation of the supreme law of the land.
    Susan B. Anthony  --  On Women's Right to Vote
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disfranchisement reverses the meaning of franchisement. This is the same pattern as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
  • But few have pretended that the present movement for disfranchisement in the South is for such a purpose; it has been plainly and frankly declared in nearly every case that the object of the disfranchising laws is the elimination of the black man from politics.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disfranchisement reverses the meaning of franchisement. This is the same pattern as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
  • Had the Michigan sergeant lived to witness the North's retreat from Reconstruction in the 1870s and the South's disfranchisement and formalized segregation of blacks in the 1890s, he might have wondered whether the abolition of slavery had revolutionized everything after all.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disfranchisement reverses the meaning of franchisement. This is the same pattern as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
  • Now in view of this entire disfranchisement of one-half the people of this country, their social and religious degradation — in view of the unjust laws above mentioned, and because women do feel themselves aggrieved, oppressed, and fraudulently deprived of their most sacred rights, we insist that they have immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of the United States.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton  --  Declaration of Sentiments
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disfranchisement reverses the meaning of franchisement. This is the same pattern as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
  • "Through all the ages," he said, "the mind has been regarded as evil, and every form of insult: from heretic to materialist to exploiterevery form of iniquity: from exile to disfranchisement to expropriation-every form of torture: from sneers to rack to firing squadhave been brought down upon those who assumed the responsibility of looking at the world through the eyes of a living consciousness and performing the crucial act of a rational connection.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
(Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disfranchisement reverses the meaning of franchisement. This is the same pattern as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)

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Less commonly:
More specifically, "franchise" may refer to a sports team that is licensed or approved by a sanctioning organization.
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