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referendum

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noun ref·er·en·dum \ˌre-fə-ˈren-dəm\

Simple Definition of referendum

  • : an event in which the people of a county, state, etc., vote for or against a law that deals with a specific issue : a public vote on a particular issue

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of referendum

plural

referenda

play \-də\ or

referendums

  1. 1 a :  the principle or practice of submitting to popular vote a measure passed on or proposed by a legislative body or by popular initiative b :  a vote on a measure so submitted

  2. 2 :  a diplomatic agent's note asking for government instructions

Examples of referendum in a sentence

  1. The issue was decided by referendum.



Origin and Etymology of referendum

New Latin, from Latin, neuter of referendus, gerundive of referre to refer


First Known Use: 1847

Rhymes with referendum


REFERENDUM Defined for Kids

referendum

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noun ref·er·en·dum \ˌre-fə-ˈren-dəm\

Definition of referendum for Students

plural

referenda

\-də\ or

referendums

  1. :  the practice of voting on an issue




Law Dictionary

referendum

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noun ref·er·en·dum \ˌrə-fə-ˈren-dəm\

Legal Definition of referendum

plural

referenda

\-də\ play or

referendums

  1. :  the submission to popular vote of a measure passed on or proposed by a legislative body or by popular initiative; also :  the popular vote on a measure so submitted



Origin and Etymology of referendum

New Latin, from Latin, neuter of referendus, gerundive of referre to refer



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