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veto

noun ve·to \ ˈvē-(ˌ)tō \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of veto

plural vetoes
1 :an authoritative prohibition :interdiction
2 a :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

Examples of veto in a Sentence

  1. a veto of a bill

  2. Are there enough votes in Congress to override the President's veto?

  3. The President has the veto over new legislation.

  4. The President may choose to exercise his veto.

Recent Examples of veto from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of veto

Latin, I forbid, from vetare to forbid


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veto

verb

Definition of veto

vetoed; vetoing
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

vetoer

play \ˈvē-(ˌ)tō-ər\ noun

Examples of veto in a Sentence

  1. The President vetoed the bill.

  2. We wanted to do a cross-country trip, but our parents vetoed it.

  3. She vetoed several restaurants before we could agree on one.

Recent Examples of veto from the Web

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First Known Use of veto

1706

veto Synonyms


VETO Defined for English Language Learners

veto

noun

Definition of veto for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of veto for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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veto

noun ve·to \ ˈvē-tō \

Definition of veto for Students

plural vetoes
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

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veto

verb

Definition of veto for Students

vetoed; vetoing
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

Law Dictionary

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veto

noun ve·to \ ˈvē-tō \

legal Definition of veto

plural vetoes
1 :an authoritative prohibition
2 a :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

Origin and Etymology of veto

Latin, I forbid, refuse assent to


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veto

transitive verb

legal Definition of veto

vetoed; vetoing
: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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