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veto

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noun ve·to \ˈvē-(ˌ)tō\

Simple Definition of veto

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of veto

plural

vetoes

  1. 1 :  an authoritative prohibition :  interdiction

  2. 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

Examples of veto in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of veto

Latin, I forbid, from vetare to forbid


First Known Use: 1629


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veto

verb ve·to

Simple Definition of veto

  • : 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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of veto

vetoed

vetoing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to refuse to admit or approve :  prohibit; also :  to refuse assent to (a legislative bill) so as to prevent enactment or cause reconsideration

vetoer

play \-ˌtō-ər\ noun

Examples of veto in a sentence

  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.



1706

First Known Use of veto

1706


VETO Defined for Kids

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veto

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noun ve·to \ˈvē-tō\

Definition of veto for Students

plural

vetoes

  1. 1 :  the act of forbidding something by a person in authority

  2. 2 :  the power of a president, governor, or mayor to prevent something from becoming law




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veto

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verb ve·to

Definition of veto for Students

vetoed

vetoing

  1. 1 :  forbid, prohibit <We wanted to stay up, but Dad vetoed the idea.>

  2. 2 :  to prevent from becoming law by use of the power to do so




Law Dictionary

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veto

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noun ve·to \ˈvē-tō\

Legal Definition of veto

plural

vetoes

  1. 1 :  an authoritative prohibition

  2. 2a :  a power vested in a chief executive to prevent permanently or temporarily the enactment of measures passed by a legislature b :  the exercise of such authority — see also pocket veto — compare legislative veto



Origin and Etymology of veto

Latin, I forbid, refuse assent to


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veto

transitive verb ve·to

Legal Definition of veto

vetoed

vetoing

  1. :  to refuse to admit or approve; specifically :  to refuse assent to (a legislative bill) so as to prevent enactment or cause reconsideration — see also override





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