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plebiscite (ˈplɛbɪˌsaɪt, -sɪt)
1.  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.  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]

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