Referendum

Definition of Referendum

Ref`er`en´dum   Pronunciation: r?f`?r`?n´d?m
n.1.A diplomatic agent's note asking for instructions from his government concerning a particular matter or point.
2.The right to approve or reject by popular vote a meassure passed upon by a legislature.
3.The principle or practice of referring measures passed upon by the legislative body to the body of voters, or electorate, for approval or rejection, as in the Swiss cantons (except Freiburg) and in various local governments in the United States, and also in the local option laws, etc.; also, the right to so approve or reject laws, or the vote by which this is done. Referendum is distinguished from the mandate, or instruction of representatives by the people, from direct government by the people, in which they initiate and make the laws by direct action without representation, and from a plebiscite, or popular vote taken on any measure proposed by a person or body having the initiative but not constituting a representative or constituent body.

Related Words

Australian ballot, Hare system, aye, ballot, by-election, canvass, canvassing, casting vote, caucus, closed primary, congressional election, constitutional referendum, contested election, counting heads, cumulative voting, deciding vote, direct initiative, direct primary, division, election, enfranchisement, facultative referendum, fagot vote, franchise, general election, graveyard vote, hand vote, indirect initiative, initiative, list system, mandate, mandatory primary, mandatory referendum, nay, no, nonpartisan primary, nontransferable vote, open primary, optional primary, partisan election, plebiscite, plebiscitum, plumper, plural vote, poll, polling, preference primary, preferential voting, presidential election, presidential preference primary, presidential primary, primary, primary election, proportional representation, proxy, recall, record vote, representation, right to vote, rising vote, runoff, runoff election, runoff primary, say, secret ballot, show of hands, single vote, snap vote, statutory referendum, straw vote, suffrage, transferable vote, viva voce, voice, voice vote, vote, voting, voting right, write-in, write-in vote, yea, yeas and nays, yes
Word:

Browse

Reexportation
Reexpulsion
Reezed
Refaction
Refait
Refar
Refashion
Refashionment
Refasten
Refect
Refection
Refective
Refectory
Refel
Refer
Referable
Referee
Reference
Reference Bible
Referendary
-Referendum-
Referential
Referment
Referrer
Referrible
Refigure
Refill
Refind
Refine
Refined
Refinement
Refiner
Refinery
Refit
Refitment
Refix
Reflame
Reflect
Reflected
Reflected vision
Reflectent
# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

© 2014 Delaflex, Inc.Dictionary Home | Privacy Policy