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

Lawlor has said in response in the past that there is nothing stopping the legislature from reconvening and overriding a veto. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County Board asks governor to veto bill seeking elected chief assessor," 10 July 2018 Murphy could sign it into law, veto the whole budget or parts of it, or do nothing and declare a shutdown. Andrew Seidman, Philly.com, "N.J. nears government shutdown as Dems feud over tax hikes," 29 June 2018 Arab and Islamic nations decided to go to the 193-member assembly, where there are no vetoes, after the U.S. vetoed virtually the same resolution in the Security Council on June 1. Fox News, "Palestinians seek UN vote blaming Israel; US wants changes," 13 June 2018 Finally, the ad notes that Redmer has the endorsement of Gov. Larry Hogan, and that McDonough was the only Republican to support overriding a Hogan veto, a school construction bill. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County executive race: Redmer attacks McDonough in new TV ad," 11 June 2018 Mayor Daniel Drew vetoed portions of the council’s budget to keep funding in place, and after a lengthy hearing May 29, the council voted to allow the veto to go through. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Middletown Officials Reviewing Applicants For Arts Coordinator," 8 June 2018 If Republicans remained united, Democrats would lack the votes to override a likely veto by Rauner. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Should you support keeping Illinois flat tax? It depends on your income," 12 Apr. 2018 Most years, the Democratic super-majority in both chambers can — and does — override any vetoes lawmakers think are amiss, ensuring the spending or policy change becomes law. Joshua Miller And Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay," 12 July 2018 Later, Faysal won the power of veto and chose not to use it, keeping Tyler's nominations the same. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Big Brother power rankings: Day 19," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Last November’s ballot measure arose after the governor vetoed five attempts by the legislature to expand Medicaid in Maine under the ACA. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Maine Keeps Battling Over Medicaid Expansion," 18 June 2018 Arab and Islamic nations decided to go to the 193-member assembly, where there are no vetoes, after the U.S. vetoed virtually the same resolution in the Security Council on June 1. Fox News, "Palestinians seek UN vote blaming Israel; US wants changes," 13 June 2018 But after the country's President Sergio Mattarella vetoed the coalition's first choice of Paolo Savona over euroskeptic concerns, Tria will now step up to the plate. Lauren Said-moorhouse And Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "Meet the populist players about to take power in Italy," 1 June 2018 The House Republican leadership has not produced a new budget proposal, after Edwards vetoed one the Legislature previously passed last week. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Republican tax proposal moves forward, but might not have the votes to pass," 24 May 2018 The bill would have required many of the agency’s descisions to be ratified by the City Council, but it was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Civic San Diego appoints interim president," 24 May 2018 Ohio lawmakers passed a similar bill in 2016, but Gov. John Kasich vetoed it in favor of a 20-week ban. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Iowa Legislature Passed "Heartbeat" Abortion Ban," 2 May 2018 The state legislature passed the law this year, but it was vetoed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Gun control meeting goes smoothly despite rifle group's 'urgent action alert' about Palos Heights event," 14 Apr. 2018 The project was thought to be dead after the Environmental Protection Agency vetoed it in 2008. Sarah Mearhoff, BostonGlobe.com, "Mississippi tributary called nation’s most endangered river," 11 Apr. 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

Noun

Latin, I forbid, refuse assent to

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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

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