Part of speech: noun

The submission to his own government, by a diplomatic representative, of a proposition he is not authorized to decide.

Part of speech: noun

The submission of a proposed law, after legislative action, to the vote of the whole people.

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Usage examples "referendum":

  1. 155. The Case against the Referendum. - "The History of the Fabian Society", Edward R. Pease.
  2. Of the initiative and referendum much has been written. - "Popular Law-making", Frederic Jesup Stimson.
  3. In such a changing condition of public sentiment, McKinley was a better index of what the majority wanted than a referendum could have been. - "The Path of Empire A Chronicle of the United States as a World Power, Volume 46 in The Chronicles of America Series", Carl Russell Fish.