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Plebiscite Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance

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  • a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance

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Plebiscite Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

A referendum, very similar, but not the same, as a plebiscite, is a vote by all the people about a political issue.

There are two types of referendum result

It usually depends on the country's history and constitution what sort of referendum is used. In Switzerland a referendum is usually mandatory, because the people are seen as the source of the government's mandate (power) to govern. In the United Kingdom referendums have only been advisory, because the government say that the people elected parliament to make decisions.

An example of a proposed plebiscite was the 2011 decision by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to let the Greek people vote on whether the heavily indebted nation would accept a €130 billion bailout package from the European Union. The idea shocked eurozone nations, as a "no" vote could mean Greece defaulting on its national debt, and leaving the European Union and the eurozone. However, the vote was cancelled.

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'Plebiscite' example sentence in quotations

* If men use their liberty in such a way as to surrender their liberty, are they thereafter any the less slaves If people by a plebiscite elect a man despot over them, do they remain free because the despotism was of their own making - Herbert Spencer

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Plebiscite Sample Sentences in News

  • Plebiscite result continues to plague Clear Hills
    Clear Hills County Council had three delegations to consider at their Sept. 9 meeting and the third one was a doozy. Read more on this news related to 'Plebiscite'
  • Bangsamoro law provides for plebiscite funds
    MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr said on Thursday, September 11, that the budget for the Bangsamoro plebiscite will be allocated in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which is eyed for passage next year. Comelec had requested P679 million ($15.46 million*) for the Bangsamoro plebiscite in ... Read more on this news related to 'Plebiscite'
  • Cha-cha plebiscite gets zero budget from DBM
    As the House of Representatives continues its deliberation on the proposal to amend the Constitution, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) revealed Thursday that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has not allocated a single peso for the possible conduct of a plebiscite in the proposed national budget for 2015. Read more on this news related to 'Plebiscite'

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