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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

  • COMMENT: BBL: Test of Moro Unity
    GENERAL SANTOS CITY, October 22, 2014 – Will Moro leaders and their followers unite in Bangsamoro? The plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be the ultimate test. Is… » Read more on this news related to 'Plebiscite'
  • Nagel bringing forward plebiscite motion
    Town councillor Morgan Nagel intends to bring forward a notice of motion to have the town hold a plebiscite to determine whether or not to proceed with the aquatic centre/curling rink.Nagel had initially intended to present the motion at council’s Oct. 14 meeting but instead has opted to wait until his Rock The Roads campaign continues to unfold.He Read more on this news related to 'Plebiscite'
  • Cardston, Alta., to hold plebiscite on allowing alcohol sales
    Cardston’s mostly Mormon residents to vote in non-binding plebiscite on introducing liquor stores and licensed establishments Read more on this news related to 'Plebiscite'

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