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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Unitatea italiei fiind desavarsita, in octombrie 1870, un plebiscit a hotarat ca Roma sa devina oficial capitala Italiei, reluarea raporturilor oficiale cu Papa producandu-se abia in 1929 (44).