Origin of plebiscite
Examples from the Web for plebiscite
The government in Kiev has denounced the plebiscite as a “criminal farce.”
And yet her call for a plebiscite smacks as much of political despair than a statesman's conviction.
As the day of the plebiscite approached, the Yugoslavs seemed to be more confident than the Austrians.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2|Henry Baerlein
The President of the Realm is alone entitled to institute a plebiscite concerning the budget, taxation, or payment of officials.
No plebiscite shall be held should the Reichstag accept the Bill demanded without amendment.
Should a plebiscite be held by popular initiation on a constitutional amendment, a majority of the electorate must be in favour.
Sure enough, there came the émeute of the plebiscite, as he had predicted, but it was suppressed.Memoirs|Charles Godfrey Leland
Word Origin for plebiscite
"direct vote of the people," 1860 (originally in reference to Italian unification), from French plébiscite (1776 in modern sense, originally with reference to Switzerland), from Latin plebiscitum "a decree or resolution of the people," from plebs (genitive plebis) "the common people" (see plebeian (adj.)) + scitum "decree," noun use of neuter past participle of sciscere "to assent, vote for, approve," inchoative of scire "to know" (see science). Used earlier (1530s) in a purely Roman historical context. Related: Plebiscitary.
A vote of an entire nation or other large political unit on an issue of great importance. A plebiscite is not an election, for there are no candidates. Rather, people vote yes or no on a proposition.