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referendum (ref-uh-REN-duhm) noun

1. The submission of a proposed public measure or actual statute to a direct popular vote. Such a vote.

2. A note from a diplomat to the diplomat's government requesting instructions.

[Latin, neuter gerundive of referre, to refer.]

"In a referendum Sunday, Okinawans voted overwhelmingly to call for a reduction in the heavy U.S. military presence on the islands." Steven Komarow, Joint Chiefs chairman champions Bosnia vote., USA Today, 12 Sep 1996.

This week's theme: words about diplomacy.

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