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

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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