A Word A Day : referendum

Tuesday, 17th June 2008 : Today's Word is ...

referendum :

Definition :

noun :

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

usages :

  • 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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