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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.
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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
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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]
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plebiscite

A vote in which the whole electorate is asked to decide on a particular issue.
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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"
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plebiscite

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

plebiscite

[ˈplebɪsɪt] Nplebiscito m
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plebiscite

[ˈplɛbɪsɪt] nplébiscite m
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plebiscite

nPlebiszit nt, → Volksentscheid m
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plebiscite

[ˈplɛbɪsɪt] nplebiscito
to hold a plebiscite → fare un referendum
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My friend was scornful, and I bribed him to mention the plebiscite to no one, but secretly I was elated and amazed.
While the PNP declared that the BOL plebiscites on January 21 and February 6 as peaceful, there were still some instances of atrocities reported a day before and during the plebiscite days.
The poll official also noted plebiscites are not considered as regular election, but a special election.
COTABATO CITY, Philippines Mindanao had four plebiscites related to the Moro issue in about 40 years and stakeholders to the southern peace process can only hope the one held Monday shall be the last.
'As in all elections and plebiscites, there will be claims of irregularity, fraud and intimidation,' he said.
Despite their promise of a democratic solution to territorial disputes, plebiscites have a poor record of resolving ethnic conflicts.
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.
Confusion between the concepts of a referendum and a plebiscite can be avoided by using the term direct votes to refer to public votes on a given issue where the binding effect of the votes has not been determined or to refer collectively to both referenda and plebiscites.
The results of the two plebiscites mean that BARMM will officially cover the entire ARMM, Cotabato City and the 61 villages in North Cotabato.
'In the 2018 General Appropriations Act [GAA] and the 2019 National Expenditure Program [NEP], P111.8 million and P95.8 million are allocated, respectively, under Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses [MOOE] for the conduct and supervision of elections, referenda, recall votes and plebiscites in the budget of the Commission on Elections [Comelec],' Diokno said in a statement.
'In the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and the 2019 National Expenditure Program (NEP), P111.8 million and P95.8 million are allocated, respectively, under maintenance and other operating expenses for the conduct and supervision of elections, referenda, recall votes and plebiscites in the budget of the Commission on Elections (Comelec),' the budget chief said.