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
Optimism was the word of the day among supporters of Puerto Rico statehood after this most recent victory, in this high-profile plebiscite.
Another group of Cuban government opponents launched a petition on the change.org platform to ask Trump to support CubaDecide, a citizen initiative for a plebiscite seeking democratic changes in Cuba.
According to early results on a government website, statehood drew 97% of support with more than 90% of votes counted Sunday afternoon, but less than one in four voters participated in the plebiscite as opponents...
In early April, eight Republican senators sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions objecting to the fact that the ballot did not include an option of voting for the status quo - and asked him not to certify the plebiscite.
In early April, eight Republican senators sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions objecting to the fact that the ballot did not include an option of voting for the status quo — and asked him not to certify the plebiscite.
In a recent visit to Washington, Roselló pushed back against criticism about conducting the plebiscite at this time.
The nonbinding plebiscite in the island of 3.4 million people presents three options: statehood, independence or a continuation of its current status as a territory.
But recent attempts to legalize same-sex marriage have been bogged down over whether there should be a national plebiscite on the issue or whether Parliament alone should decide.
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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
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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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