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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

plebiscite

\PLEB-uh-sahyt\ , noun;
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.
Quotes:
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:
Plebiscite is comprised the Latin roots plebi meaning “common people” and scitum meaning “resolution or decree.”
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