Plebiscite

Pleb"i*scite

(?), n. [F. plbiscite, fr. L. plebiscitum.] A vote by universal male suffrage; especially, in France, a popular vote, as first sanctioned by the National Constitution of 1791.
[Written also plebiscit.]

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Plebiscite we have lately taken, in popular use, from the French.
Fitzed. Hall.
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Ple`bis*ci"tum

(?), n. [L., fr. plebs, plebis, common people + scitum decree.] (Rom. Antiq.) A law enacted by the common people, under the superintendence of a tribune or some subordinate plebeian magistrate, without the intervention of the senate.
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Plebs

(plbz), n. [L. Cf. Plebe.] 1. The commonalty of ancient Rome who were citizens without the usual political rights; the plebeians; -- distinguished from the patricians.
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2. Hence, the common people; the populace; -- construed as a pl.
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