local option
noun Date: 1878 the power granted by a legislature to a political subdivision to determine by popular vote the local applicability of a law on a controversial issue (as the sale of liquor)

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  • Local Option — is a term used to describe the freedom whereby local political jurisdictions, typically counties or municipalities, can decide by popular vote certain controversial issues within their borders. In practice, it usually relates to the issue of… …   Wikipedia

  • Local option — Option Op tion, n. [L. optio; akin to optare to choose, wish, optimus best, and perh. to E. apt: cf. F. option.] 1. The power of choosing; the right of choice or election; an alternative. [1913 Webster] There is an option left to the United… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Local option — Local Lo cal (l[=o] kal), a. [L. localis, fr. locus place: cf. F. local. See {Lieu}, {Locus}.] Of or pertaining to a particular place, or to a definite region or portion of space; restricted to one place or region; as, a local custom. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • local option — n. the right of determining by a vote of the residents whether something, as the sale of intoxicating liquors, shall be permitted in their locality …   English World dictionary

  • local option — An option of self determination available to a municipality or other governmental unit to determine a particular course of action without specific approval from state officials. Local option is often used in local elections to determine whether… …   Black's law dictionary

  • local option — An option of self determination available to a municipality or other governmental unit to determine a particular course of action without specific approval from state officials. Local option is often used in local elections to determine whether… …   Black's law dictionary

  • local option — noun a choice available to a local administration to accept or reject national legislation …   English new terms dictionary

  • local option — noun freedom of a local government to determine by popular vote the applicability of a controversial law in their jurisdiction (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑self government, ↑self determination, ↑self rule …   Useful english dictionary

  • local option — a right of choice exercised by a minor political division, as a county, esp. as to allowing the sale of liquor. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • LOCAL OPTION —    licence granted to the inhabitants of a district to extinguish or reduce the sale of intoxicants in their midst …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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