veto

noun
ve·​to | \ ˈvē-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce veto (audio) \
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 How to pronounce vetoer (audio) \ 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

Proponents of a bill that would have imposed a 24-hour waiting period to buy handguns say a veto Monday by the Republican governor was a political move that will cost the lives of people contemplating suicide and victims of domestic violence. USA TODAY, "Black Union regiment flag, Notorious BIG, Pikachu the mini pony: News from around our 50 states," 12 June 2019 Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, in a statement, said Republicans looked forward to enacting a middle class tax cut that can survive an Evers veto. Scott Bauer, Twin Cities, "Wisconsin Republicans plan $400 million income tax cut," 10 June 2019 In his veto letter, Ducey also said he was concerned about potential effects on victims. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Marijuana, landlords and horse racing: What Arizona Gov. Ducey decided on final bills," 10 June 2019 Evers would have a chance to veto the committee's plans, but the committee — not the Legislature — could override the veto with a two-thirds vote. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP transportation plan would allow handful of legislators to impose vehicle fees of any amount," 7 June 2019 Recess, disunity and a grim veto threshold In theory, lawmakers are the best guard against executive overreach. Mark Niquette, Fortune, "Trump's Mexico Tariffs Are Coming: Why It's So Hard to Stop Them," 7 June 2019 The football team's lease with the county for Paul Brown Stadium gives them rights to veto buildings taller than three stories within a block of the stadium. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "The Banks concert venue: Today could be decision day," 11 June 2018 Those conflicts last year led some Republicans to join Democrats and override the governor’s veto of an income tax hike and spending plan. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Rauner decision to sign state budget avoids election-year repeat of historic feud," 1 June 2018 The Kansas City Council voted Thursday to strip a small church in the 18th & Vine District of its long-standing right to veto businesses with liquor licenses within 300 feet of its doors. Bill Turque, kansascity, "Council overrides church 'veto' of more liquor at 18th & Vine | The Kansas City Star," 5 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

President Donald Trump can veto the disapproval measures, and Congress would need a two-thirds super-majority to override that. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Congress to scrutinize Trump administration's move to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia," 12 June 2019 The council did not revisit the regulation after the commissioners vetoed it. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Lake council still considering request to rewrite shooting range ordinance," 11 June 2019 In March, Congress passed a resolution of disapproval, Trump vetoed it, and Congress failed to override it. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: Senate Republicans won’t save Mexico from tariffs," 9 June 2019 Trump has not vetoed a bill, and thus has yet to face a serious override threat. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "How potential government shutdown could throw wrench into Brett Kavanaugh confirmation," 31 July 2018 Firms must have access to multiple, independent sources of capital, so that a single central planner can’t veto innovative experiments. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Liberal Media Can Have Ideological Diversity Without Conservatives," 6 May 2018 There are some other checks on their line-drawing power: The governor can veto the map. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Election 2018: What is Ohio Issue 1? How would it eliminate gerrymandering?," 9 Apr. 2018 The state's clemency process allows the governor and three elected Cabinet members to restore voting rights, although the governor can unilaterally veto any request. Gary Fineout, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida ordered to redo how it restores felons' voting rights," 28 Mar. 2018 Buoyed by House Republicans demanding a bigger fight over the wall, Mr. Trump threatened to veto that bill, upending the negotiations and leading to Saturday’s shutdown. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Partial Government Shutdown Likely to Stretch Into January," 27 Dec. 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 How to pronounce veto (audio) \
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 How to pronounce veto (audio) \
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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