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

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The tradition was intended to give Senators a chance to flag a particular problem with a nominee that others might not know about, but it was never intended as an ideological pocket veto. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Senate Blue-Slip Bluster," 11 Oct. 2017 President Johnson almost let the bill die via pocket veto during Congress’s summer recess of 1966. Spenser Mestel, Longreads, "My Journey to the Heart of the FOIA Request," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of pocket veto

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pocket veto was in 1842

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pocket veto

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pocket veto

: 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

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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