Definition of Suffrage

1. Noun. A legal right guaranteed by the 15th amendment to the US Constitution; guaranteed to women by the 19th amendment. "American women got the vote in 1920"

Exact synonyms: Right To Vote, Vote
Specialized synonyms: Universal Suffrage
Generic synonyms: Enfranchisement, Franchise
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Suffragette, Suffragist, Vote

Definition of Suffrage

1. n. A vote given in deciding a controverted question, or in the choice of a man for an office or trust; the formal expression of an opinion; assent; vote.

2. v. t. To vote for; to elect.

Definition of Suffrage

1. Noun. The right or chance to vote, express an opinion, or participate in a decision. ¹

2. Noun. A vote in deciding a particular question. ¹

3. Noun. The right to vote for elected officials in a representative democracy. ¹

4. Noun. (American English) The right of women to vote. ¹

5. Noun. A kind of prayer. ¹

6. Noun. (countable Christianity) A short petition, as those after the creed in matins and evensong. ¹

7. Noun. (countable Christianity) A prayer in general, as one offered for the faithful departed. ¹

8. Noun. (uncountable Christianity) Aid, intercession. ¹

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Definition of Suffrage

1. the right to vote [n -S]

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Literary usage of Suffrage

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1. The American Year Book: A Record of Events and Progress by Francis Graham Wickware, (, Albert Bushnell Hart, (, Simon Newton Dexter North, William M. Schuyler (1918)
"Aggressive use henceforth of the political strength of women is the program of the National American Woman suffrage Association, determined at its 49th ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"Survey 36:34 Ap 1 '16 New situation in suffrage. New Repub 9:85- Overland ns 67:498-9 Je '16 '16 Sacrificed to suffrage. New Repub 6:343-5 Ap 6 N 25 '16 New ..."

3. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1917)
"Ind 92:170 О 27 '17 Democracy and woman suffrage. FC Boies. 12:148-9 S 8 '17 Thank you for ... New Repub 13:18-20 N 3 '17 Woman suffrage in Great Britain. ..."

4. The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony: Including Public Addresses, Her Own by Ida Husted Harper (1898)
"Then I have had no indication of any intention on the part of your executive committee or State organizer to hold any series of suffrage meetings or ..."

5. Great Debates in American History: From the Debates in the British by United States Congress, Marion Mills Miller, Great Britain Parliament (1913)
"As far back as 1838 Kentucky gave school suffrage to widows with children of school age ... In 1891 school suffrage was given to women by Illinois; in 1893, ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"JS, 'suffrage in the State of North Carolina, 1776-1861' (in 'Annual Report' of the American Historical Association for 1895, pp. 271-285, Washington 1896) ..."

7. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1913)
"The Prospects of Woman suffrage. THE PROSPECTS OF WOMAN suffrage. We fear that the House of Commons is committing itself once more to a policy in regard to ..."

8. Bulletin of the New York Public Library by New York Public Library (1905)
"Righti and suffrage, confd. Report of the international council of women ... Debates upon the report of the suffrage committee in regard to woman suffrage. ..."

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