Examples of referendum in a Sentence
The issue was decided by referendum.
Recent Examples of referendum from the Web
The Romanian government has pledged to hold the referendum but has set no date.
As of right now, a Wall-E for reproductive choice is not a permanent part of post-referendum Ireland.
This year, Sunny Hill and its Friends are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Nov. 5, 1968 referendum for a tax rate increase that voters approved to build the nursing home.
In January of 2018, Prime Minister Varadkar vowed to hold a referendum in May on repealing the 8th Amendment — and followed through on that promise.
Turkey held a referendum to weaken its constitution so that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could claim even more power.
After a campaign marred by several murders, Burundi held a referendum on whether to extend the president’s term from five years to seven.
Burundi holds a referendum Thursday on constitutional changes that would set the stage for another East African leader to rule for the next 16 years, amid warnings the vote may inflame a three-year political crisis that’s cost hundreds of lives.
State statute requires that lawmakers notify the public in advance or hold a referendum for voters in the area before pushing through a law that grants a benefit to a private corporation.
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Did You Know?
Referendum is a Latin word, but its modern meaning only dates from the 19th century, when a new constitution adopted by Switzerland stated that the voters could vote directly on certain issues. Thus, a referendum is a measure that's referred (that is, sent on) to the people. Since the U.S. Constitution doesn't provide for referenda (notice the common plural form) at the national level, referenda tend to be on local and state issues. In most locales, a few questions usually appear on the ballot at election time, often involving such issues as new zoning ordinances, new taxes for schools, and new limits on spending.
REFERENDUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of referendum for English Language Learners
: an event in which the people of a county, state, etc., vote for or against a law that deals with a specific issue : a public vote on a particular issue
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