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Definition of Franchise

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grant a franchise to an individual or group; grant the right to vote
special privilege granted by a government; license to market a company's goods or services; business which has been granted such a license; suffrage, right to vote; immunity, exemption
Franchise Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Franchise Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To make free; to enfranchise; to give liberty to.
The district or jurisdiction to which a particular privilege extends; the limits of an immunity; hence, an asylum or sanctuary.
Magnanimity; generosity; liberality; frankness; nobility.
Exemption from constraint or oppression; freedom; liberty.
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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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 elective franchise 
1: freedom or immunity from some burden or restriction vested in a person or group 2 a: a special privilege granted to an individual or group; esp: the right to be and exercise the powers of a corporation b: a constitutional or statutory right or privilege; esp: the right to vote c (1): the right or license granted to an individual or group to market a company's goods or services in a particular territory; also: a business granted such a right or license (2): the territory involved in such a right 3 a: the right of membership in a professional sports league b: a team and its operating organization having such membership franchise 2: to grant a franchise to
WordNet 2.0

1. an authorization to sell a company's goods or services in a particular place
(hypernym) concession, grant
2. a business established or operated under an authorization to sell or distribute a company's goods or services in a particular area
(synonym) dealership
(hypernym) business, concern, business concern, business organization, business organisation
3. a statutory right or privilege granted to a person or group by a government (especially the rights of citizenship and the right to vote)
(synonym) enfranchisement
(hypernym) legal right
(hyponym) right to vote, vote, suffrage
(classification) law, jurisprudence

1. grant a franchise to
(hypernym) license, licence, certify
(derivation) dealership
(classification) commerce, commercialism, mercantilism
Franchise Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
BASSAM Trade, Real Estate, Mortgage, Fund,Invest, Insurance,& Tax,Terms/abbreviations/defin.
A privilege given (to sell goods or services), by a manufacturer or Franchise organization in a specified area, usually on an exclusive bases.
Raynet Business & Marketing Glossary
all the value benefits in the brand perceived in the mind of the consumer.
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Franchise Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
National Standards for Civics and Government
Right to vote.
Franchise Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
establishment that has the right to exercise the powers of a corporation.
Franchise Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Franchise may refer to:
  • Suffrage, the civil right to vote
  • Jurisdictions used to be treated as property rights, and could be referred to as franchises.
  • Franchising, a business method that involves licensing of trademarks and methods of doing business, such as:
    • Chain store, retail outlets which share a brand and central management
    • Rail franchising in Great Britain
  • Media franchise, ownership of the characters and setting of a film, video game, book, etc., particularly in North American usage
  • A television franchise, a right to operate a television network.
    • A cable franchise, a right to operate a cable television network.
  • a clause used by insurance companies as a threshold for policy payments, as in deductible
  • "Franchise" (short story), a 1955 short story by Isaac Asimov
  • Dem Franchize Boyz, an American hip hop group from Atlanta
  • Franchise Pictures, a film production company

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Franchise Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
A business relationship in which an owner (the franchisor) licenses others (the franchisees) to operate outlets using business concepts, property, trademarks and tradenames owned by the franchisor.

2. A right reserved to the people by the constitution; hence we say the elective franchise to designate the right of the people to elect their officers.

3. A certain privilege conferred by grant from the government and vested in individuals.

Corporations or bodies politic are the most usual franchises known to our law. They have been classed among incorporeal hereditaments, perhaps improperly, as they have no inheritable quality.

In England franchises are very numerous and are said to be royal privileges in the hands of a subject.

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Law Dictionary
1. A special privilege that is conferred by the government uponindividuals and that does not of common right belong to the citizens of thecountry. For example, a municipality may grant to a local bus company afranchise that will give it sole authority to operate buses in the municipalityfor a certain number of years. 2. The right given to a private person orcorporation to market another's product within a certain area. 3. Electivefranchise (sometimes called simply "the franchise") refers to the right ofcitizens to vote in public elections.
Franchise Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
Amount which in case of damage will have to be borne by the assured.
Glossary of Football Terms
A team.