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ˌrɛf əˈrɛn dəmref·er·en·dum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. referendumnoun

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


  1. referendumnoun

    A direct popular vote on a proposed law or constitutional amendment

    Etymology: Latin, referendum, in turn from Latin neuter gerundive of referre (to refer)

  2. referendumnoun

    A note from a diplomat to his government requesting instructions

    Etymology: Latin, referendum, in turn from Latin neuter gerundive of referre (to refer)


  1. Referendum

    A referendum (plural: referendums or less commonly referenda) is a direct and universal vote in which an entire electorate is invited to vote on a particular proposal and can have nationwide or local forms. This may result in the adoption of a new policy or specific law. In some countries, it is synonymous with a plebiscite or a vote on a ballot question. Some definitions of 'plebiscite' suggest it is a type of vote to change the constitution or government of a country. The word, 'referendum' is often a catchall, used for both legislative referrals and initiatives. Australia defines 'referendum' as a vote to change the constitution and 'plebiscite' as a vote which does not affect the constitution, whereas in Ireland, 'plebiscite' referred to the vote to adopt its constitution, but a subsequent vote to amend the constitution is called a 'referendum', as is a poll of the electorate on a non-constitutional bill.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Referendumnoun

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

    Etymology: [Gerundive fr. L. referre. See Refer.]

  2. Referendumnoun

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

    Etymology: [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 official authority to vote in a country or electoral constituency choose a specific choice in a form of unity government legislation, agreement or policy and this type of legislation is defined in law as advisory or binding.

    The referendum is to measure the consciousness of the nation as to how the unity government can formulate its policy on a form of human rights.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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    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. Mesias Tatamuez:

    We want... the government to respect the constitution, what we're asking for is to forget these constitutional amendments (to allow indefinite re-election) and a referendum on this issue and the country we want.

  2. Massoud Barzani:

    The time has come and the situation is now suitable for the Kurdish people to make a decision through a referendum on their fate, that referendum does not mean proclaiming statehood, but rather to know the will and opinion of the Kurdish people about independence and for the Kurdish political leadership to execute the will of the people at the appropriate time and conditions.

  3. Kathleen Brooks:

    With the EU referendum on a knife-edge, the market is right to look elsewhere for direction. Some of this came from Yellen, who reinforced (the) message that the Fed will slow the pace of rate hikes if the U.S. economy posts another dismal jobs report for June.

  4. Mustafa Sentop:

    Frankly, we are writing a new constitution, not amending this one, so this proposal needs to be voted on by the people, via a referendum.

  5. Terry Madonna:

    Let’s be honest we don’t know whether( the debate schedule) has anything to do with Clinton stumbling and her current problems in the polls, the other problem in these debates is they can become a referendum on Obama.

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    a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
    • A. scholastic
    • B. ignominy
    • C. elan
    • D. germ

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