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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Definitions for plebiscite

  1. A direct vote of the qualified voters of a state in regard to some important public question.
  2. The vote by which the people of a political unit determine autonomy or affiliation with another country.

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Citations for plebiscite
How many of these were there? Not enough to put the verdict of the plebiscite in doubt, anyway. Arthur C. Clark, The Last Theorem
It was he who devised the plebiscite and the governmental machinery for making plebiscites yield the desired results — ninety-eight percent of the votes in favor of tyranny, two percent against. Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays
Origin of plebiscite
1525-1535
Plebiscite is comprised the Latin roots plebi meaning “common people” and scitum meaning “resolution or decree.”