Definition of "referendum" [‖Ref•er•en•dum]

  • The submission of a proposed public measure or actual statute to a direct popular vote. (noun)
  • Such a vote. (noun)
  • A note from a diplomat to the diplomat's government requesting instructions. (noun)

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Use "referendum" in a sentence
  • "He says the referendum is a chance to return Niger to normal constitutional life."
  • "Professor Alou says this referendum is about more than the next president."
  • "Mr. Li said the referendum is their internal affair and we are not getting into it."