Definition of referendum in English:

referendum

Line breaks: ref¦er|en¦dum
Pronunciation: /ˌrɛfəˈrɛndəm
 
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noun (plural referendums or referenda /-də/)

  • A general vote by the electorate on a single political question which has been referred to them for a direct decision.
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    • He could also claim a legitimacy built on a succession of victories in irreproachably clean popular votes in referendums and multi-party elections.
    • The third option is to do nothing until an abortion referendum is held.
    • There is speculation that Britain will hold a national referendum on the issue sometime in 2003.
    Synonyms
    public vote, plebiscite, popular vote, ballot, poll

Origin

mid 19th century: from Latin, gerund ( 'referring') or neuter gerundive ( 'something to be brought back or referred') of referre (see refer).

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