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referendum

noun ref·er·en·dum \ˌre-fə-ˈren-dəm\

: 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

plural ref·er·en·da\-də\ or ref·er·en·dums

Full Definition of REFERENDUM

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
:  a diplomatic agent's note asking for government instructions
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Examples of REFERENDUM

  1. The issue was decided by referendum.

Origin of REFERENDUM

New Latin, from Latin, neuter of referendus, gerundive of referre to refer
First Known Use: 1847

Other Government and Politics Terms

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

Rhymes with REFERENDUM

REFERENDUMS Defined for Kids

referendum

noun ref·er·en·dum \ˌre-fə-ˈren-dəm\
plural ref·er·en·da \-də\ or ref·er·en·dums

Definition of REFERENDUM for Kids

:  the practice of voting on an issue

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