pleb·​i·​scite | \ ˈple-bə-ˌsīt How to pronounce plebiscite (audio) , -sət also -ˌsēt \

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

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plebiscitary \ ple-​ˈbi-​sə-​ˌter-​ē How to pronounce plebiscitary (audio) , 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 on the Web And as with many Russian elections, the plebiscite was tarnished by a wave of fraud allegations. Washington Post, "Putin’s term-limit win suggests stagnation, not strength," 2 July 2020 Russians voted in a plebiscite on constitutional reforms. The Economist, "Politics this week," 4 July 2020 But the Kremlin’s push for a high turnout in the plebiscite was an attempt to build a veneer of legitimacy. Washington Post, "Putin’s term-limit win suggests stagnation, not strength," 2 July 2020 With polls closed Wednesday after a weeklong plebiscite, 78 percent supported the constitutional amendments with about 75 percent of the precincts counted. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: July 2, 2020," 2 July 2020 Holding the plebiscite in the middle of a pandemic has elicited public health concerns. Daria Litvinova,, "Russia opens polls for vote on extending Putin’s rule," 26 June 2020 Russian citizens to vote (June 25-July 1) in a nationwide plebiscite on constitutional changes that could keep President Vladimir Putin in power until 2036. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: Tulsa rally falls short of expectations," 22 June 2020 Citizens had protested in such colossal numbers that the rightist government of Sebastián Piñera had been forced to agree to a plebiscite that, on April 26, would define the contours of a new Constitution. Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, April 6–12," 12 Apr. 2020 Even so, the vote represented an early plebiscite, in a part of the country where the BJP has deep roots, on the divisive social policies Mr Modi has adopted in his second term, as well as on his handling of an increasingly shaky economy. The Economist, "Capital loss India’s ruling party receives a drubbing in Delhi," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of plebiscite

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plebiscite

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

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The first known use of plebiscite was in 1860

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“Plebiscite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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: a vote by which the people of a country or region express their opinion for or against an important proposal

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