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pleb·i·scite

 (plĕb′ĭ-sīt′, -sĭt)
n.
1. A direct vote in which the entire electorate is invited to accept or refuse a proposal: The new constitution was ratified in a plebiscite.
2. A vote in which a population exercises the right of national self-determination.

[French plébiscite, from Latin plēbiscītum : plēbis, genitive of plēbs, the people; see pelə- 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.]

ple·bis′ci·tar′y (plə-bĭs′ĭ-tĕr′ē, plĕb′ĭ-sĭt′ə-rē) adj.

plebiscite

(ˈplɛbɪˌsaɪt; -sɪt)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a direct vote by the electorate of a state, region, etc, on some question of usually national importance, such as union with another state or acceptance of a government programme
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any expression or determination of public opinion on some matter
[C16: from Old French plēbiscite, from Latin plēbiscītum decree of the people, from plēbs the populace + scītum, from scīscere to decree, approve, from scīre to know]
plebiscitary adj

pleb•i•scite

(ˈplɛb əˌsaɪt, -sɪt)

n.
1. a direct vote of the qualified voters of a state in regard to some important public question.
2. the vote by which the people of a political unit determine autonomy or affiliation with another country.
[1525–35; < French < Latin plēbīscītum decree of the plebs =plēbī (for plēbis, plēbēī genitive singular of plēbs, plēbēs plebs) + scītum resolution, decree, neuter past participle of scīscere to enact, decree, orig., to seek to know, inchoative of scīre to know]

plebiscite

A vote in which the whole electorate is asked to decide on a particular issue.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plebiscite - a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance
vote - the opinion of a group as determined by voting; "they put the question to a vote"

plebiscite

noun vote, poll, referendum, ballot The future of the country should be decided by plebiscite.
Translations

plebiscite

[ˈplebɪsɪt] Nplebiscito m

plebiscite

[ˈplɛbɪsɪt] nplébiscite m

plebiscite

nPlebiszit nt, → Volksentscheid m

plebiscite

[ˈplɛbɪsɪt] nplebiscito
to hold a plebiscite → fare un referendum
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Nevertheless, they have provided some useful comments relating to the legality of national direct votes primarily through their consideration of referendums and plebiscites at the provincial level.
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The result of the vote will be nonbinding but a city ordinance requires the mayor and the city assembly to respect the outcome of such plebiscites.
Mind you, these plebiscites won't be government-run.
Once again, as was the case in three earlier plebiscites, the island's voters have rejected Statehood.
In two previous plebiscites, island voters favored the current commonwealth status, but statehood support has been growing.
Having rejected polls, plebiscites, and the legislature as agents of foreign policy democratization, Alterman suggests that a new institution be created, a foreign policy advisory counsel similar to a trial jury.
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Today, Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine will hold plebiscites to determine whether the regions of Donetsk and Lughansk should remain part of the Ukraine or should become independent and autonomous republics.
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Quebec, the only Canadian province with a French-speaking majority, held two plebiscites on independence, in 1980 and 1995, narrowly voting to remain a part of Canada.