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From Latin plēbs, plēbis (common people) + scītum (decree). Compare plebiscite.



plebiscitum (plural plebiscitums)

  1. (historical, Roman antiquity) A law enacted by the common people, under the superintendence of a tribune or some subordinate plebeian magistrate, without the intervention of the senate.
    • 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
      Still worse went it with another individual; doomed, by extempore Plebiscitum, to the Lanterne;


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for plebiscitum in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)