referendum. 1. The process of referring a state legislative act, a state constitutional

amendment, or an important public issue to the people for final approval by popular vote. [Cases:

Constitutional Law 9; Statutes 341–367. C.J.S. Constitutional Law §§ 7, 11–12, 14; Statutes§§

108–113, 115–126, 128–138, 140–144.] 2. A vote taken by this method. 3.Int’l law. An

ambassador’s request for instructions on subject matter that the ambassador does not have

sufficient power to address. Pl. referendums, referenda.Cf. INITIATIVE. [Blacks Law 8th]