local option


: the power granted by a legislature to a political subdivision to determine by popular vote the local applicability of a law on a controversial issue (such as the sale of liquor)

Examples of local option in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Elberton, a town of just under 5,000 residents a couple of hours east of Atlanta, a rural health clinic is one of the only local options for basic care. Suzanne Nuyen, NPR, 4 June 2024 County executive has not ruled out a run for higher office Last year, Crowley traveled with other local officials across Wisconsin in the lead-up to the passage of Act 12 and to the Capitol ahead of the approval of a local option sales tax, marking some big wins for Milwaukee County. Vanessa Swales, Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2024 Another local option, Wildland Gardens, is about a 15-minute drive from Mystic in the town of Joseph. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 28 Mar. 2024 These can range greatly, but the best way to spot a deal is to ask your instructor about local options or to request to use the same instruction space during off-hours for rehearsal and ongoing practice. Nafeesah Allen, Parents, 27 Jan. 2022 The local cuisine, especially fresh conch salad, and eateries like The Wrecking Tree on Green Turtle Cay offer tasty local options for mealtime. James Barrett, Redbook, 17 Aug. 2023 No local options Mogren and others wondered why Discovery World had not tried harder to keep the ship on the Great Lakes, or made the ship’s plight more public and given a local group like the Friends time to raise money to keep it here. Journal Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2023 Delivering with a midwife is the only local option left in Bonner County. Julianne McShane, NBC News, 30 Sep. 2023 There are no local options, although startup Taiwan Innovative Space Inc. expects to conduct its third rocket launch attempt in the coming months. Cindy Wang, Fortune, 6 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of local option was in 1868

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“Local option.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/local%20option. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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