plebiscite

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noun pleb·i·scite \ˈple-bə-ˌsīt, -sət also -ˌsēt\

Definition of plebiscite

  1. :  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

plebiscitary

play \ple-ˈbi-sə-ˌter-ē, pli-; ˌple-bə-ˈsī-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of plebiscite in a sentence

  1. They are going to hold a plebiscite on the question of national independence.

  2. The issue will be decided by plebiscite.

Origin and Etymology of plebiscite

Latin plebis scitum law voted by the comitia, literally, decree of the common people


First Known Use: 1860


PLEBISCITE Defined for English Language Learners

plebiscite

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noun pleb·i·scite \ˈple-bə-ˌsīt, -sət also -ˌsēt\

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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