Definition of plebiscitum in US English:



  • 1Roman Law. A law enacted by the plebeians' assembly.

  • 2Politics. A direct vote of all the members of an electorate to decide a question of public importance.


Late 16th century. From classical Latin plēbiscītum (also plēbis scītum, plēbī scītum), lit. ‘an ordinance of the plebs’ from plēbis, genitive of plēbs + scītum ordinance, decree. Compare early modern German plebiscita, plural.