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Definitions for referendum
ˌrɛf əˈrɛn dəmref·er·en·dum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. referendum(noun)

    a legislative act is referred for final approval to a popular vote by the electorate


  1. referendum(Noun)

    A direct popular vote on a proposed law or constitutional amendment

  2. referendum(Noun)

    A note from a diplomat to his government requesting instructions

  3. Origin: Latin, referendum, in turn from Latin neuter gerundive of referre (to refer)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Referendum(noun)

    a diplomatic agent's note asking for instructions from his government concerning a particular matter or point

  2. Referendum(noun)

    the right to approve or reject by popular vote a meassure passed upon by a legislature

  3. Origin: [Gerundive fr. L. referre. See Refer.]


  1. Referendum

    A referendum is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. This may result in the adoption of a new constitution, a constitutional amendment, a law, the recall of an elected official or simply a specific government policy. It is a form of direct democracy.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Referendum

    a practice which prevails in Switzerland of referring every new legislative measure to the electorate in the several electoral bodies for their approval before it can become law.

Editors Contribution

  1. referendum

    Is a type of vote where the people with the legal authority to vote in a country or jurisdiction get to choose their opinion or choice on a specific form of unity government law, legislation or policy and this is defined in law as a form of advisory referendum or a binding referendum.

    The referendum was to gauge the consciousness of the nation as to how the unity government would formulate its policy on human rights.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'referendum' in Nouns Frequency: #2250

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of referendum in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of referendum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of referendum in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister David Cameron:

    If we wake up on June 24 and we are in, Britain's authority within the EU will be stronger, no other country has done what we have done, hold a renegotiation (for improved EU membership terms), hold a referendum and then people will know that the British agenda ... is going straight to the top.

  2. Pascal Tsaty Mabiala:

    The smart thing would be to annul the referendum.

  3. Louis Marinelli:

    We intend to mimic that process here in California by putting an independence referendum on the ballot so we can exercise our right to self-determination and vote to leave or remain part of the American Union.

  4. David Bullimore:

    Not saying which is correct, whether we should stay in or stay out, but I think some of the language that has been used in this referendum process has not been helpful for the integration of communities, and I think all, or many, of the people involved have to reflect on that.

  5. Martin Schulz:

    Is Greece still in the euro after this referendum? That is certainly the case, but if they say ‘no’ they will have to introduce another currency after the referendum because the euro is not available as a means of payment, the moment someone introduces a new currency, they exit the euro zone. Those are the elements that give me some hope that the people will not vote ‘no’ today.

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