pocket veto

noun

Definition of pocket veto

: an indirect veto of a legislative bill by an executive through retention of the bill unsigned until after adjournment of the legislature

pocket veto

transitive verb

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First Known Use of pocket veto

1842


POCKET VETO Defined for English Language Learners

pocket veto

noun

Definition of pocket veto for English Language Learners

  • : a method that the President can use to prevent a bill from becoming a law by not signing the bill before the session of Congress ends


Law Dictionary

pocket veto

noun pock·et veto

legal Definition of pocket veto

: a veto of legislation that occurs indirectly when an executive refrains from signing the legislation and the adjournment of the legislature prevents its automatic enactment (as upon expiration of ten days)

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