plebiscite


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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
References in classic literature ?
My friend was scornful, and I bribed him to mention the plebiscite to no one, but secretly I was elated and amazed.
Upon receiving the petition, Ishikawa will submit a bill on holding a plebiscite to a prefectural assembly session to convene Friday, prefectural government officials said, adding the bill will be accompanied by a paper stating his views on the issue.
5% of Brazil's population, turned out for a Catholic Church-sponsored plebiscite calling for suspension of US$240 billion in foreign debt payments until the loans are audited for irregularities.
In 1989, Belo called for the plebiscite that finally came ten years later.
Other times our opinions on a given question may be asked for the purpose of effecting or preventing an immediate change to our laws, such as when the question forms part of a referendum or plebiscite.
But Colorado Springs activist Robin Miller said that if the initiative were to be defeated, "we can tell the legislature in 1993 that this was a plebiscite on the issue of gay rights statewide.
A proposed plebiscite, with independence as an option, was debated in the United Nations 115 times in the following 15 years but has never taken place.
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EARLIER this week, a legislator saw fit to 'warn' the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against precipitately going forward with a plebiscite on Charter change.