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
Origin of plebisciteFrench plébiscite from Classical Latin plebiscitum from plebs, plebs + scitum, decree, neuter past participle of scire, to know: see science
- 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").