line-item veto

noun

Definition of line-item veto

: the power of a government executive to veto specific items in an appropriations bill without vetoing the bill altogether

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First Known Use of line-item veto

1979


LINE-ITEM VETO Defined for English Language Learners

line-item veto

noun

Definition of line-item veto for English Language Learners

  • : a power that allows a president, governor, etc., to officially reject specific parts of a proposed bill without rejecting the entire bill


Law Dictionary

line-item veto

noun

legal Definition of line-item veto

: an executive veto of a specific item in an appropriations bill

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