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plebiscite

Line breaks: pleb|is¦cite
Pronunciation: /ˈplɛbɪsʌɪt
 
, -sɪt/

Definition of plebiscite in English:

noun

1The direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution: the administration will hold a plebiscite for the approval of constitutional reforms
More example sentences
  • The leading business association even advocated a ‘no’ vote in the 1999 plebiscite on the new constitution.
  • This involves not one but three votes in two plebiscites and one federal referendum - and heaven knows how many state votes.
  • There could be no question of a plebiscite on a constitution, after what had happened in Piedmont, and Napoleon was not one to waste time with constituent assemblies.
Synonyms
1.1 Roman History A law enacted by the plebeians' assembly.
Example sentences
  • Dionysius can cite a plebiscite of 492 protecting a tribune from interruption at a public meeting,
  • From then on legislation was formulated more and more by means of plebiscites.

Origin

mid 16th century (referring to Roman history): from French plébiscite, from Latin plebiscitum, from plebs, pleb- 'the common people' + scitum 'decree' (from sciscere 'vote for'). The sense 'direct vote of the whole electorate' dates from the mid 19th century.

Derivatives

plebiscitary

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪsɪt(ə)ri/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Furthermore, the plebiscitary presidency is dependent upon the creation of ‘spectacles’ that encourage awestruck citizens to become passive spectators rather than active participants in politics.
  • Twentieth-century totalitarians - fascists and communists - felt constrained to bow toward popular sovereignty with plebiscitary forms.
  • The Good Friday agreement's plebiscitary clauses in Northern Ireland are also rife with inflammatory possibilities, jeopardizing the losers' future.

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