liberum veto

li·​be·​rum veto | \ ˈlibərəm- \

Definition of liberum veto

: a veto exercised by a single member (as of a legislative body) under rules requiring unanimous consent the anarchic potentialities of the liberum veto— C. J. Friedrich

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History and Etymology for liberum veto

Latin liberum (neuter of liber free) + English veto

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“Liberum veto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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