What does suffrage mean?

Definitions for suffrage
ˈsʌf rɪdʒsuf·frage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. right to vote, vote, suffragenoun

    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"


  1. Suffragenoun

    The right to vote; franchise.


  1. suffragenoun

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

  2. suffragenoun

    A vote in deciding a particular question.

  3. suffragenoun

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

    universal suffrage, women's suffrage, negro suffrage

  4. suffragenoun

    The right of women to vote.

  5. suffragenoun

    A kind of prayer.

  6. suffragenoun

    A short petition, as those after the creed in matins and evensong.

  7. suffragenoun

    A prayer in general, as one offered for the faithful departed.

  8. suffragenoun

    Aid, intercession.


  1. Suffrage

    Suffrage, political franchise, or simply franchise is the right to vote in public, political elections (although the term is sometimes used for any right to vote). In some languages, and occasionally in English, the right to vote is called active suffrage, as distinct from passive suffrage, which is the right to stand for election. The combination of active and passive suffrage is sometimes called full suffrage.Suffrage is often conceived in terms of elections for representatives. However, suffrage applies equally to referendums. In most democracies, eligible voters can vote in elections of representatives. Voting on issues by referendum may also be available. For example, in Switzerland this is permitted at all levels of government. In the United States, some states such as California, Washington, and Wisconsin have exercised their shared sovereignty to offer citizens the opportunity to write, propose, and vote on referendums; other states and the federal government have not. Referendums in the United Kingdom are rare. Suffrage is granted to qualifying citizens once they have reached the voting age. What constitutes a qualifying citizen depends on the government's decision. Resident non-citizens can vote in some countries, which may be restricted to citizens of closely linked countries (e.g., Commonwealth citizens and European Union citizens) or to certain offices or questions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suffragenoun

    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. Suffragenoun

    testimony; attestation; witness; approval

  3. Suffragenoun

    a short petition, as those after the creed in matins and evensong

  4. Suffragenoun

    a prayer in general, as one offered for the faithful departed

  5. Suffragenoun

    aid; assistance

  6. Suffragenoun

    the right to vote; franchise

  7. Suffrageverb

    to vote for; to elect

  8. Etymology: [F., fr. L. suffragium; perhaps originally, a broken piece, a potsherd, used in voting, and fr. sub under + the root of frangere to break. See Break.]


  1. Suffrage

    Suffrage, political franchise, or simply franchise, distinct from other rights to vote, is the right to vote gained through the democratic process. In English, suffrage and its synonyms are sometimes also used to mean the right to run for office, but there are no established qualifying terms to distinguish between these different meanings of the term. The right to run for office is sometimes called eligibility, and the combination of both rights is sometimes called full suffrage. In many other languages, the right to vote is called the active right to vote and the right to be voted for is called the passive right to vote. In English, these are sometimes called active suffrage and passive suffrage. Suffrage is often conceived in terms of elections for representatives; however, suffrage applies equally to initiatives and referenda. Suffrage describes not only the legal right to vote, but also the practical question of whether a question will be put to a vote. The utility of suffrage is reduced when important questions are decided unilaterally by elected or non-elected representatives. In most democracies, eligible voters can vote in elections of representatives. Voting on issues by initiative may be available in some jurisdictions but not others. For example, Switzerland permits initiatives at all levels of government whereas the United States does not offer initiatives at the federal level or in many states.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suffrage

    suf′rāj, n. a vote: a vote in approbation of any proposal, hence approval, assent: testimony, witness: any short intercessory prayer.—n. Suff′ragist, one who votes: one holding particular opinions about the right of voting. [L. suffragium, saffragāri, to vote for.]

Editors Contribution

  1. suffrage

    The official right for men and women to vote enacted into the legislation of every country and form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, unity house of representatives, unity parliament, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government on planet earth.

    Every country of the world has the official right to vote as a facet of their legislation.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 4, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suffrage in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suffrage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of suffrage in a Sentence

  1. Ronny Tong:

    Unless we can resolve this conflict between Beijing and Hong Kong ... not only will we not get universal suffrage, but I fear that there will be an unhappy ending to one country, two systems.

  2. Amber Heard:

    History tends to favor those on the right side of it, whether it’s civil rights in 1962 or suffrage in 1914 or gay rights in 2007. All of these debates seemed specific at the time, but if you pull back to the macro, there’s a trend: fairness. Justice is not as nuanced or delicate as it’s made out to be. And as the texture of our culture changes, [equality] will manifest differently in other debates.

  3. Superintendent Kirk Carpenter:

    To get a project like this done in a month’s time was absolutely amazing, no one's going to change what we do at that high school, and that's to make sure learning takes place. Book admits demolishing Building 12, erecting a new building and implementing a memorial park on campus is a daunting task, especially with Florida’s legislative session nearing its end. Estimates for the proposal come in around $ 25 to 30 million, which would come from state appropriations. Not to mention the freshman building on Marjory Stoneman Douglas ’ campus holds about 900 students, a quarter of the school’s population. Lawmakers are pushing to demolish Building 12 and implement a memorial park in its place. ( Fox News) The school, named after a women’s suffrage advocate, opened in 1990. It’s about two hours north of Miami. Charo acknowledges it will be hard for the school to adjust without the building, saying it.

  4. Zhang Dejiang:

    This has important meaning for fully effecting 'one country, two systems', 'Hong Kong people ruling themselves', the policy of a high degree of autonomy ... and promoting the gradual development of democracy and the smooth carrying out of the 2017 chief executive election by universal suffrage.

  5. Avery Ng:

    Hong Kong is facing a structural problem, unless we have true universal suffrage, and can use our surpluses to have genuine reform in terms of the social welfare system as well as the education system...a one-time sweetener won't help alleviate the anger of Hong Kong people.

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