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Disenfranchised refers to an individual or a group of individuals deprived of political or legal rights or some privilege. Its most common usage is in regard to people who have been deprived of the right to vote because of their status as felons or as possessors of an emotional or cognitive disability. However, the term is also used in a broader sense to describe those who are deprived of, for example, access to health care, Internet technology, or academic programs that are instructionally and culturally relevant to marginalized groups, such as people with disabilities or members of racial or ethnic minority groups. It is frequently used together with the term disadvantaged.

Donna M. Mertens
10.4135/9781412950558.n151
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