• WordNet 3.6
    • n plebiscite a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Plebiscite A vote by universal male suffrage; especially, in France, a popular vote, as first sanctioned by the National Constitution of 1791. "Plebiscite we have lately taken, in popular use, from the French."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plebiscite Same as plebiscitum.
    • n plebiscite 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Plebiscite pleb′i-sīt a decree of an entire nation, obtained by an appeal to universal suffrage, as in France under Napoleon III.: a method of obtaining an expression of opinion upon a certain point from the inhabitants of a district—also Plebiscī′tum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. plébiscite, fr. L. plebiscitum,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. plebiscitum, decree of the people—plebs, the people, scitum, a decree—scīre, to know.


In literature:

When, nearly three weeks later, the civilian Plebiscite took place, martial law was in force.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
The formality of a plebiscite was accomplished by November 21.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
May it not be considered as a great plebiscite?
"Public School Education" by Michael Müller
No plebiscite of the nation had endowed him with kingly power.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
On December twenty-second, before the result of the plebiscite was known, the new charter was put in operation.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
He secured the reference of the question to a plebiscite, the result of which justified his anticipations.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
A plebiscite held in September abolished the monarchy, declared Bulgaria a republic, and gave all power to Dimitrov as premier.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
The covenant was ratified by a plebiscite.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick
This was general plebiscite.
"The Broken Gate" by Emerson Hough
The wishes of the population shall be ascertained by means of a plebiscite.
"The New Germany" by George Young
They form the vanguard against the plebiscite.
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary
The Empire was carried on by a series of plebiscites.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 7" by Various
Do we want a Plebiscite to preserve it?
"The Plébiscite" by Émile Erckmann
In defiance of English prohibitions, they even held a popular plebiscite which upheld their claims.
"The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy" by Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
The mouse-trap represents the Plebiscite.
"The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
The frequent use of the plebiscit would certainly tend to diminish in the mind of political leaders the true sense of their responsibility.
"England, Canada and the Great War" by Louis-Georges Desjardins
Its protest was, therefore, against that convention which destroys the plebiscite of Southern Italy.
"Rule of the Monk" by Giuseppe Garibaldi
A sort of plebiscite in 1841 had been given to Sir Robert Peel.
"Social Transformations of the Victorian Age" by T. H. S. (Thomas Hay Sweet) Escott
It has never been submitted to a plebiscite of the people.
"The Real Jesus of the Four Gospels" by J. B. Atwater
At the plebiscite there were 133,681 votes for union and 1507 against it.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 1" by Various

In news:

Plebiscite on San Quintín municipality .
A Plebiscite , Not an Election November is a plebiscite on the American Revolution.
It will be a plebiscite .
CWB plebiscite less than it seems.
Perhaps equally significant, in three of the four cases what we won by plebiscite was marriage itself—not merely the right to keep asking for marriage (by defeating a constitutional ban).
Recent developments in the US, where marijuana was legalized in Colorado and Washington State in election-day plebiscites, have brought attention to the issue in Canada.
The people of Indiana voted against alcohol prohibition in a plebiscite when they voted for the 21st Amendment.
The plebiscite was proposed by Republican Governor Luis Fortuno, president of the New Progressive Party, which supports statehood.