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The act of making free (as from Slavery); giving a franchise or freedom to; investiture with privileges or capacities of freedom, or municipal or political liberty. Conferring the privilege of voting upon classes of persons who have not previously possessed such.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1 the granting of the right to vote.
2 the granting of voting rights to the holders of non-voting shares.
3 in England and Wales the power to leaseholders to acquire a 90-year lease extension of their lease or buy the freehold collectively with other lessees in their building. There is also the right to buy the freehold in a house which is subject to a lease. There are detailed procedures and there is a Leasehold Valuation Tribunal to resolve any disputes as to the price that ought to be paid.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006
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