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
plebiscitaryplay \ple-ˈbi-sə-ˌter-ē, pli-; ˌple-bə-ˈsī-tə-rē\ adjective
Examples of plebiscite in a Sentence
They are going to hold a plebiscite on the question of national independence.
The issue will be decided by plebiscite.
Recent Examples of plebiscite from the Web
After the Scottish independence referendum, a general election and the Brexit plebiscite, this is now the fourth time in as many years.
The proposal, the subject of an 11 September plebiscite in Scotland, reserves defense, foreign policy, monetary policy, and other realms of national concern to Westminster.
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Origin and Etymology of plebiscite
Latin plebis scitum law voted by the comitia, literally, decree of the common people
First Known Use: 1860See Words from the same year
PLEBISCITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plebiscite for English Language Learners
: a vote by which the people of a country or region express their opinion for or against an important proposal
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