line-item veto


Definition of line-item veto 

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

Examples of line-item veto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The Supreme Court declared the line-item veto unconstitutional almost 20 years ago. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump wants a line-item veto. One problem: it’s unconstitutional.," 23 Mar. 2018 There was no immediate word on when Snyder, who has line-item veto power on budget bills, would sign the budget bills and announce any vetoes. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's crumbling roads get $300M extra in state budget," 12 June 2018 The governor also issued 21 line-item vetoes totaling more than $12 million. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Parson signs budget that blocks funding to Missouri Planned Parenthood clinics," 29 June 2018 Unlike North Carolina, some governors have line-item veto. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Here's why NC governors don't like one constitutional amendment: 'You have to kill a snake'," 28 June 2018 Senior legislative attorney Bob Drummer said a line-item veto could be overruled only by a supermajority — six votes on the nine-member council. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Montgomery County executive threatens rare veto over storm water proposal," 17 May 2018 The line-item veto would have allowed a president to strike specific spending items in a bill while allowing the rest of the appropriations to become law. azcentral, "Taking on Washington establishment, John McCain becomes the 'maverick'," 2 Apr. 2018 In 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott used the line-item veto to defund the state’s Colonia Initiatives Program. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "Rural America’s Drinking-Water Crisis," 12 Feb. 2018 Today’s line-item veto debate goes back to Richard Nixon’s battle with Congress. Andrew Rudalevige, Washington Post, "Yes, Congress could give Trump a line-item veto. And it might want to.," 9 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'line-item veto.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of line-item veto

1979, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about line-item veto

Share line-item veto

Statistics for line-item veto

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for line-item veto

The first known use of line-item veto was in 1979

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for line-item veto

line-item veto


English Language Learners Definition of line-item veto

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

line-item veto


Legal Definition of line-item veto 

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

Comments on line-item veto

What made you want to look up line-item veto? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to clear from alleged fault or guilt

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!