Origin of plebisciteFrench plébiscite from Classical Latin plebiscitum from plebs, plebs + scitum, decree, neuter past participle of scire, to know: see science
The definition of a plebiscite is a direct vote where the whole population can vote.
An example of a plebiscite is a voting for a law in which the entire nation participates.
an expression of the people's will by direct ballot on a political issue, as in choosing between independent nationhood or affiliation with another nation
- A direct vote in which the entire electorate is invited to accept or refuse a proposal: The new constitution was ratified in a plebiscite.
- A vote in which a population exercises the right of national self-determination.
Origin of plebisciteFrench plébiscite from Latin plēbiscītum plēbis genitive of plēbs the people ; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots. scītum decree from neuter past participle of scīscere to vote for inchoative of scīre to know ; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
Latin plebs, plebis (“the common people").
- Annexation to Piedmont having been voted by plebiscite and the opposition of Napoleon III.
- Its utterances (plebiscite) had the full force of law; it elected the tribunes of the plebs and the plebeian aediles, and it pronounced judgment on the penalties which they proposed.
- Obliged to leave the city in 1848, he was restored by the Austrians in 1849; ten years later, on the 10th of August 1859, the representatives of Modena declared their territory part of the kingdom of Italy, and their decision was confirmed by the plebiscite of 1860.
- The date of the plebiscite was fixed originally for June II 1920.
- On the 19th Leboeuf handed Venetia over to the Venetian representatives, and at the plebiscite held on the 21st and 22nd, 647,246 votes were returned in favor of union with Italy, only 69 against it.