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  • Referencing

    noun 1. an act or instance of referring. 2. a mention; allusion. 3. something for which a name or designation stands; denotation. 4. a direction in a book or writing to some other book, passage, etc. 5. a book, passage, etc., to which one is directed. 6. reference mark (def 2). 7. material contained in […]

  • Referenda

    noun, plural referendums, referenda [ref-uh-ren-duh] /ˌrɛf əˈrɛn də/ (Show IPA) 1. the principle or practice of referring measures proposed or passed by a legislative body to the vote of the electorate for approval or rejection. Compare initiative (def 4a). 2. a measure thus referred. 3. a vote on such a measure. noun (pl) -dums, -da […]



  • Referendum

    noun, plural referendums, referenda [ref-uh-ren-duh] /ˌrɛf əˈrɛn də/ (Show IPA) 1. the principle or practice of referring measures proposed or passed by a legislative body to the vote of the electorate for approval or rejection. Compare initiative (def 4a). 2. a measure thus referred. 3. a vote on such a measure. noun (pl) -dums, -da […]

  • Referent

    noun 1. the object or event to which a term or symbol refers. 2. Logic. the first term in a proposition to which succeeding terms relate. noun 1. the object or idea to which a word or phrase refers Compare sense (sense 12)



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