veto

noun
ve·​to | \ ˈvē-(ˌ)tō \
plural vetoes

Definition of veto

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an authoritative prohibition : interdiction
2a : a power of one department or branch of a government to forbid or prohibit finally or provisionally the carrying out of projects attempted by another department especially : a power vested in a chief executive to prevent permanently or temporarily the enactment of measures passed by a legislature
b(1) : the exercise of such authority
(2) : a message communicating the reasons of an executive and especially the president of the U.S. for vetoing a proposed law

veto

verb
vetoed; vetoing

Definition of veto (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to refuse to admit or approve : prohibit also : to refuse assent to (a legislative bill) so as to prevent enactment or cause reconsideration

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Other Words from veto

Verb

vetoer \ ˈvē-​(ˌ)tō-​ər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for veto

Synonyms: Noun

ban, embargo, interdict, interdiction, prohibition, proscription

Synonyms: Verb

blackball, down, kill, negative, nix, shoot down

Antonyms: Noun

prescription

Antonyms: Verb

confirm, ratify

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Examples of veto in a Sentence

Noun

a veto of a bill Are there enough votes in Congress to override the President's veto? The President has the veto over new legislation. The President may choose to exercise his veto.

Verb

The President vetoed the bill. We wanted to do a cross-country trip, but our parents vetoed it. She vetoed several restaurants before we could agree on one.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

President Richard Nixon, however, went too far: After Congress passed the Federal Water Pollution Act over his veto in 1972, Nixon impounded the $6 billion appropriated for the act. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "Why We Have So Many Shutdowns," 16 Jan. 2019 Sam Brownback vetoed it and there weren’t enough votes to override his veto. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democratic wins in these 9 states will have seismic policy consequences," 9 Nov. 2018 Andrew Jackson was threatened with impeachment for removing funds from the National Bank, among other things; John Tyler for his robust use of the veto; and Ronald Reagan for diverting money to anticommunist fighters in Nicaragua. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics: High Stakes and ‘High Crimes’," 1 Nov. 2018 Only weeks later, the council resurrected and then passed the ban on single-use plastic bags — over Walsh’s threats of a veto. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "Honeymoon over: Council strays from Walsh on key issues, often to his left," 6 July 2018 The proposal to bring back the death penalty to Illinois was made as part of an amendatory veto of state legislation that would have implemented a 72-hour waiting period for assault weapons in Illinois. USA TODAY, "Illinois governor wants to reinstate death penalty for cop killers, mass murderers," 14 May 2018 Given that Louisiana's three largest cities -- New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport -- oppose the bill, the possibility of a gubernatorial veto is unclear. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "Inclusionary zoning ban advances in Louisiana Legislature," 9 May 2018 The council overrode the Board of Commissioners' veto of a parental leave program, disagreeing with the reasoning that any policy changes should wait until the new human resources department is staffed. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Council overrides veto of parental leave program," 24 Jan. 2018 The Senate voted 21-11 to override the governor’s veto. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Ohio Legislature Overrides Gov. Kasich’s Veto of Gun-Rights Bill," 27 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Both governors opposed family-leave plans proposed by their legislatures last year, including a bill Mr. Scott vetoed. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "New Hampshire, Vermont Governors Pitch Two-State, Voluntary Paid Family-Leave Plan," 16 Jan. 2019 Wisconsin governors can veto individual items in the state’s budget, giving them significant influence over the state’s spending priorities. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democratic wins in these 9 states will have seismic policy consequences," 9 Nov. 2018 California governor vetoes bills to let noncitizens serve on boards, block immigration arrests in courthouses. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Key vote on Kavanaugh confirmation Friday morning; Multiple victims in Supreme smear campaign," 28 Sep. 2018 On Tuesday afternoon, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would have crippled the operations of the peer-to-peer car sharing companies in the state by adding large taxes to those who rented or loaned their cars through such services. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Illinois governor vetoes bill meant to cripple rental car competition," 29 Aug. 2018 In 2016, Democrats in the state legislature passed a $15-an-hour minimum wage bill that Christie vetoed. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Democrats won 6 more state governments. New Jersey shows what they can do.," 21 Nov. 2018 The new version of OPIC is likely to pass, but there’s still a chance that Mr. Trump could veto the overall aviation bill. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Merging Onto the Belt and Road," 2 Oct. 2018 Disagreement over unmarked cars Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, sponsored the original bill that Ducey vetoed. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill to let police use HOV lane after original veto," 16 May 2018 The elder Cuomo vetoed legislation reinstating the death penalty 12 times in 12 years. Fox News, "The Latest: Governor to push bill to end NY death penalty," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of veto

Noun

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for veto

Noun

Latin, I forbid, from vetare to forbid

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veto

noun

English Language Learners Definition of veto

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a decision by a person in authority to not allow or approve something (such as a new law)
: the right or power of a person in authority to decide that something (such as a new law) will not be approved

veto

verb

English Language Learners Definition of veto (Entry 2 of 2)

: to reject (a proposed law) officially : to refuse to allow (a bill) to become a law
: to refuse to allow or accept (something, such as a plan or suggestion)

veto

noun
ve·​to | \ ˈvē-tō \
plural vetoes

Kids Definition of veto

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of forbidding something by a person in authority
2 : the power of a president, governor, or mayor to prevent something from becoming law

veto

verb
vetoed; vetoing

Kids Definition of veto (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : forbid, prohibit We wanted to stay up, but Dad vetoed the idea.
2 : to prevent from becoming law by use of the power to do so

veto

noun
ve·​to | \ ˈvē-tō \
plural vetoes

Legal Definition of veto

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an authoritative prohibition
2a : a power vested in a chief executive to prevent permanently or temporarily the enactment of measures passed by a legislature
b : the exercise of such authority — see also pocket veto — compare legislative veto
vetoed; vetoing

Legal Definition of veto (Entry 2 of 2)

: to refuse to admit or approve specifically : to refuse assent to (a legislative bill) so as to prevent enactment or cause reconsideration — see also override

History and Etymology for veto

Noun

Latin, I forbid, refuse assent to

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