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 pl&emacron;bisc&imacron;tum : pl&emacron;bis, genitive of pl&emacron;bs, the people; see pel&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots + sc&imacron;tum, decree, from neuter past participle of sc&imacron;scere, to vote for, inchoative of sc&imacron;re, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
Latin plebs, plebis (“the common people").