from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A direct vote in which the entire electorate is invited to accept or refuse a proposal.
- noun A vote in which a population exercises the right of national self-determination.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
- noun An expression of the will or pleasure of the whole people in regard to some measure already decided upon; a vote of the whole people for the ratification or disapproval of some matter: chiefly a French usage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A vote by universal male suffrage; especially, in France, a popular vote, as first sanctioned by the National Constitution of 1791.
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- noun A
referendum, especially one that concerns changes in sovereignty
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Anytime a plebiscite is held and the Haitians vote for independence, we go home.
Thirty-seven million people trying to govern by plebiscite is ridiculous.
It is a well-known fact that, in Uruguay, the regime called a plebiscite and was defeated.
● The government conducts a sham "plebiscite" -- unclear question, no public voters 'list, no spending controls, and no guarantee of ballot secrecy.
rabble.ca - News for the rest of us Cathryn Atkinson 2010
Facing pressure for change both at home and abroad, Mr. Pinochet called a plebiscite on continuing his rule in 1988, which he lost.
Obama Praises Chilean Democracy Laura Meckler 2011
The plebiscite was an important gauge of popularity for Correa, who was first elected in 2006 and easily re-elected in 2009 after a rewrite of the constitution.
And secondly have a plebiscite in other words give it out to all of the Iraqis.
Comte Auguste de Morny, the president's half-brother, had a proclamation printed to inform the people of the dissolution of the assembly and the restoration of universal male suffrage and called a plebiscite for a fundamental revision of the constitution.
1851, Dec. 2 2001
Having annexed Austria in March, Germany's Adolph Hitler calls a plebiscite which shows that more than 99 percent of Austrians favor union with Germany's Third Reich.
What Did You Do in the War, Grandma?: Timeline ITY Brown University 1997
A plebiscite is a Yankee invention which, unfortunately, has deceived many people of good faith throughout the world.