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referendumnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌref.əˈren.dəm/ us /ˌref.əˈren.dəm/ plural referendums or formal referenda formal plebiscite formal

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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referendumnoun [ C ]

us /ˌref·əˈren·dəm/ plural referendums or referenda /ˌref·əˈren·də/

a vote in which all the people in a country or an area decide on an important question

(Definition of “referendum” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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What is more, this referendum is being held in a climate of violence and tension which has even cost the lives of students who also reject the plan.
Ultimately, we were unanimous in calling for a referendum, to be preceded by a major public and genuinely pluralist debate in each country.
The rule of democracy means that the decision of the people must be respected, especially if expressed in the most undeniable way in this respect: a referendum.
He wants a referendum every five minutes.
The electoral procedure did not ensure that the election or referendum were democratic, and what is more, electoral practices frequently did not comply with this procedure.
During political campaigns there is even more pressure on the non-state press; the referendum and the recent parliamentary elections are a case in point.
I believe that it will be possible quickly to fulfil the requirements regarding these issues if the outcome of the referendum is a 'yes' vote.
You are against a referendum?
The mood now is that a referendum can be organised on any issue at all, and the answer will always be no.
The uncertainty which the referendum may have caused and spread to the applicant countries must be dealt with by our showing even more clearly that enlargement will continue.

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