noun, plural ref·er·en·dums, ref·er·en·da [ref-uh-ren-duh] /ˌrɛf əˈrɛn də/.
- reference frame,
- reference group,
- reference mark,
- reference values,
- reference works,
- referred pain
Origin of referendum
Examples from the Web for referendum
In secret, before the referendum, the council went ahead and fluoridated the water anyway.
The month of May will see an Irish referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage.
In February, Slovakia will have a referendum on whether marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman.
In particular, a video of an apparently inebriated Morgan has embarrassed supporters of the referendum.
The ratification process on the proposed government became in large part a referendum on Washington.
Some states have the referendum and initiative power of helping to make laws.
Referendum means referring a law passed by the legislature back to the voters for their approval or disapproval.
They sometimes combine the short ballot with the initiative, referendum and recall though they are utterly at variance.Ethics in Service|William Howard Taft
Is not this a dreadful thing, Socrates, that Balphurios has been lately doing about what he calls a Referendum?The Casual Ward|A. D. Godley
There is now a limited use of the Referendum upon certain comparatively simple questions.
noun plural -dums or -da (-də)
Word Origin for referendum
1847, "a submitting of a question to the voters as a whole" (originally chiefly in reference to Switzerland), from French or German, from Latin referendum "that which must be referred," literally "thing brought back," neuter gerundive of referre "to bring or take back" (see refer). As a gerundive, it has no plural in Latin; referendums is preferred in English.
A vote by the general public, rather than by governmental bodies, on a bill or some other important issue; a plebiscite. (See under “American Politics.”)
A direct popular vote on an issue of public policy, such as a proposed amendment to a state constitution or a proposed law. Referendums, which allow the general population to participate in policymaking, are not used at the national level, but are common at the state and local levels. A referendum is often used to gauge popular approval or rejection of laws recently passed or under consideration by a state legislature. A referendum can also be used to initiate legislative action.