plebiscite


pleb·i·scite

noun \ˈple-bə-ˌsīt, -sət also -ˌsēt\

: a vote by which the people of a country or region express their opinion for or against an important proposal

Full Definition of PLEBISCITE

:  a vote by which the people of an entire country or district express an opinion for or against a proposal especially on a choice of government or ruler
ple·bi·sci·ta·ry \ple-ˈbi-sə-ˌter-ē, pli-; ˌple-bə-ˈsī-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of PLEBISCITE

  1. They are going to hold a plebiscite on the question of national independence.
  2. The issue will be decided by plebiscite.

Origin of PLEBISCITE

Latin plebis scitum law voted by the comitia, literally, decree of the common people
First Known Use: 1860

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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plebiscite

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Vote by the people of an entire country or district to decide an issue. Voters are asked to accept or reject a given proposal rather than choose between alternative proposals. By means of plebiscites, intermediaries such as political parties can be bypassed. Because plebiscites offer a way to claim a popular mandate without permitting an opposition party, totalitarian regimes have used them to legitimize their power. See also referendum and initiative.

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