Definition of Franchise

1. Noun. An authorization to sell a company's goods or services in a particular place.

Generic synonyms: Concession, Grant

2. Verb. Grant a franchise to.
Category relationships: Commerce, Commercialism, Mercantilism
Generic synonyms: Certify, Licence, License

3. Noun. A business established or operated under an authorization to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a particular area.

4. Noun. A statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote).
Exact synonyms: Enfranchisement
Generic synonyms: Legal Right
Specialized synonyms: Right To Vote, Suffrage, Vote
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Enfranchise

Definition of Franchise

1. n. Exemption from constraint or oppression; freedom; liberty.

2. v. t. To make free; to enfranchise; to give liberty to.

Definition of Franchise

1. Noun. A right or privilege officially granted to a person, a group of people, or a company by a government. ¹

2. Noun. An acknowledgment of a corporation's existence and ownership. ¹

3. Noun. The authorization granted by a company to sell or distribute its goods or services in a certain area. ¹

4. Noun. A business operating under such authorization. ¹

5. Noun. A legal exemption from jurisdiction. ¹

6. Noun. The membership of a corporation or state; citizenship. ¹

7. Noun. The right to vote at a public election. ¹

8. Noun. (sports) The collection of organizations in the history of a sports team; the tradition of a sports team as an entity, extending beyond the contemporary organization. ¹

9. Noun. (business marketing) The positive influence on the buying behavior of customers exerted by the reputation of a company or a brand. ¹

10. Noun. The loose collection of fictional works pertaining to a particular universe, including literary, film(,) or television series from various sources. ¹

11. Noun. (obsolete) Magnanimity; generosity; liberality; frankness; nobility. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To confer certain powers on; grant a franchise to; authorize. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive rare) To set free; invest with a franchise or privilege; enfranchise. ¹

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Definition of Franchise


Medical Definition of Franchise

1. 1. Exemption from constraint or oppression; freedom; liberty. 2. 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, especially. 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." Elective franchise, the privilege or right of voting in an election of public officers. Origin: F, fr. Franc, fem. Franche, free. See Frank. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Franchise

framing device
franchise (current term)
franchise tax
francis turbine

Literary usage of Franchise

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1920)
"car line or by transfers from car to car or line to line, not modified, except where trips are wholly on franchise lines, by such other section, ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"That the maximum rate authorized by the franchise was not either the rate then, charged or referred to Is perfectly apparent from the document, ..."

3. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"Thus much for the electors in counties.20 20 The franchise under modern English legislation.—The knights of shires, that is to say, the members for counties ..."

4. Journal by California Legislature. Assembly, California, United States Congress Senate, Legislature (1912)
"Upon the franchise being awarded, all deposits made by unsuccessful bidders shall be returned. The deposit of the successful bidder shall be retained until ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1904)
"The tax was laid by Kentucky upon the company, a part of which the company insisted was a tax upon it by reason of its ownership of the Indiana franchise, ..."

6. Bulletin by Public Ownership League of America (1922)
"The indeterminate franchise is a form of grant that ~- :eks to avoid the ... This general type of franchise is nown as the "indeterminate permit" in the ..."

7. Annual Report by New York (State), Bureau of Statistics, Dept. of Labor (1899)
"A franchise, right, authority or permission specified in this subdivision shall for the purpose of taxation be known as a " special franchise. ..."

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