A Word A Day : referendum
Tuesday, 17th June 2008 : Today's Word is ...
1. the principle or practice of referring measures proposed or passed by a legislative body to the vote of the electorate for approval or rejection.
2. a measure thus referred
3. a vote on such a measure
Related Forms :
referendums & referenda : noun - plural
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.
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.
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