n. pl. ref·er·en·dums or ref·er·en·da (-də)
a. The submission of a proposed public measure or actual statute to a direct popular vote.
b. Such a vote.
2. A note from a diplomat to the diplomat's government requesting instructions.
[Latin, neuter gerundive of referre, to refer; see REFER.]
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