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referendum Syllabification: ref·er·en·dum
Pronunciation: /ˌrefəˈrendəm/

Definition of referendum in English:

noun (plural referendums or referenda-də)

A general vote by the electorate on a single political question that has been referred to them for a direct decision.
Example sentences
  • 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.
popular vote, vote, public vote, plebiscite, ballot, poll


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

Words that rhyme with referendum

addendum, corrigendum
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