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referendum

noun [C] uk   /ˌref.əˈren.dəm/ (plural referendums or formal referenda) (formal plebiscite) formal us  
C2 a vote in which all the people in a country or an area are asked to give their opinion about or decide an important political or social question: Is it more democratic to hold a referendum, rather than let the government alone decide?
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