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1veto

noun ve·to \ˈvē-(ˌ)tō\

: a decision by a person in authority to not allow or approve something (such as a new law)

: the right or power of a person in authority to decide that something (such as a new law) will not be approved

plural vetoes

Full Definition of VETO

1
:  an authoritative prohibition :  interdiction
2
a :  a power of one department or branch of a government to forbid or prohibit finally or provisionally the carrying out of projects attempted by another department; especially :  a power vested in a chief executive to prevent permanently or temporarily the enactment of measures passed by a legislature
b (1) :  the exercise of such authority
(2) :  a message communicating the reasons of an executive and especially the president of the United States for vetoing a proposed law
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Examples of VETO

  1. a veto of a bill
  2. Are there enough votes in Congress to override the President's veto?
  3. The President has the veto over new legislation.
  4. The President may choose to exercise his veto.

Origin of VETO

Latin, I forbid, from vetare to forbid
First Known Use: 1629

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

2veto

verb

: to reject (a proposed law) officially : to refuse to allow (a bill) to become a law

: to refuse to allow or accept (something, such as a plan or suggestion)

ve·toedve·to·ing

Full Definition of VETO

transitive verb
:  to refuse to admit or approve :  prohibit; also :  to refuse assent to (a legislative bill) so as to prevent enactment or cause reconsideration
ve·to·er \-ˌtō-ər\ noun

Examples of VETO

  1. The President vetoed the bill.
  2. We wanted to do a cross-country trip, but our parents vetoed it.
  3. She vetoed several restaurants before we could agree on one.

First Known Use of VETO

1706

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism
VETOED Defined for Kids

1veto

noun ve·to \ˈvē-tō\
plural vetoes

Definition of VETO for Kids

1
:  the act of forbidding something by a person in authority
2
:  the power of a president, governor, or mayor to prevent something from becoming law

2veto

verb
ve·toedve·to·ing

Definition of VETO for Kids

1
:  forbid, prohibit <We wanted to stay up, but Dad vetoed the idea.>
2
:  to prevent from becoming law by use of the power to do so

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