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English Dictionary: Referendum by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a legislative act is referred for final approval to a popular vote by the electorate
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Referendum \Ref`er*en"dum\, n.; pl. {-da}. [Gerundive fr. L.
      referre. See {Refer}.]
      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.
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