Plebiscite meaning

plĕbĭ-sīt, -sĭt
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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.

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A vote in which a population exercises the right of national self-determination.
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A direct vote in which the entire electorate is invited to accept or refuse a proposal.

The new constitution was ratified in a plebiscite.

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A referendum, especially one that concerns changes in sovereignty.
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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.
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Origin of plebiscite

  • French plébiscite from Latin plēbiscītum plēbis genitive of plēbs the people pelə-1 in Indo-European roots scītum decree from neuter past participle of scīscere to vote for inchoative of scīre to know skei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin plebs, plebis (“the common people").

    From Wiktionary