PLEBISCIT, civil law. This is an anglicised word from the Latin plebiscitum,
which is composed or derived from plebs and scire, and signifies, to
establish or ordain.
2. A plebiscit was a law which the people, separated from the senators and the patricians, made on the requisition of one of their magistrates, that is, a tribune. Inst. 1, 2, 4.