plebiscite

Part of speech: noun

An expression of the popular will by vote of the whole people.

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Usage examples "plebiscite":

  1. It was the Age which originated the idea of the Plebiscite, and of the progressive land- tax. - "Town Life in Australia 1883", R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny.
  2. By the annexation of this region Italy has pushed her frontier as far north as the Brenner, thereby bringing within her borders upwards of 180, 000 German- speaking Tyrolese who have never been Italian in any sense and who bitterly resent being transferred, without their consent and without a plebiscite, to Italian rule. - "The New Frontiers of Freedom from the Alps to the Ægean", Edward Alexander Powell.
  3. In defiance of English prohibitions, they even held a popular plebiscite which upheld their claims. - "The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy", Theodore Lothrop Stoddard.