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

Along with the cuts to the university, Mr. Dunleavy also used his veto to push deep spending reductions elsewhere in the state budget. Mike Baker, New York Times, "Blindsided by a ‘Devastating’ Veto, Alaska’s University System Pleads for a Lifeline," 7 July 2019 Since the conflict broke out in 2011, Moscow and Beijing have used their veto eight times to kill UN resolutions meant to address crimes against humanity or war crimes. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "What Ghouta tells us about the world's ability to protect civilians," 9 Mar. 2018 While Trump does have the authority to issue tariffs, Business Insider’s Josh Barro writes that Congress could simply pass a new law stripping him of that power, then try to override his veto. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Paul Ryan and Other Republicans Try to Talk Trump Out of Tariffs," 5 Mar. 2018 Perhaps a trailer bill in the fall veto session could address that part of the legislation that got dropped. Kristen Mcqueary, chicagotribune.com, "Column: CPS and sex abuse: Lessons from the Catholic Church," 24 June 2019 With any luck, the Ohio House and Senate will have a budget deal by the end of the week, giving Gov. Mike DeWine plenty of time for potential vetoes. cleveland.com, "Ohio budget deal due this week: Capitol Letter," 24 June 2019 DeSantis’ total $131 million veto tally, though, is less than many non-election year vetoes under his predecessor, Rick Scott. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, "Gov. Ron DeSantis signs $90.9B budget, vetoes money for UCF, Orlando police, other projects," 21 June 2019 DeSantis’ total $131 million veto tally is less than many non-election year vetoes under his predecessor, Rick Scott. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed $131 million in projects from his $91 billion budget. Which got the ax in South Florida?," 21 June 2019 Evers has the power to make significant changes with partial vetoes. Scott Bauer, Twin Cities, "Conservative budget foes put Wisconsin GOP in tough spot," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Congress passed a bipartisan resolution to end American involvement, but it was vetoed by President Trump, a strong supporter of the Saudi crown prince. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "U.A.E. Pulls Most Forces From Yemen in Blow to Saudi War Effort," 11 July 2019 Jim Scherer, Denver Editor’s note: Scherer was regional administrator for EPA Region VIII when Two Forks was vetoed. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Rounding up geese from parks — cruel or beneficial? (7/7/19)," 7 July 2019 That plan was, however, unexpectedly vetoed by Turkey—a member of NATO, but not the EU. The Economist, "Europe alone: July 2024," 6 July 2019 In an unusual message Wednesday, the Alaska Supreme Court responded to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes and asked the Alaska Legislature to restore cost-of-living increases vetoed by the governor. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Responding to Dunleavy vetoes, Alaska Supreme Court asks lawmakers to restore cost-of-living increases for staff," 4 July 2019 Other than the contested $100,000 that was vetoed by Evers, deer farmers or donors planned to fund the remaining costs, Seale said. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gov. Evers vetoes proposal to use hunters' fees to fund CWD research at deer farm," 3 July 2019 The Legislature, controlled by Democrats, in 2016 passed a minimum wage bill that was vetoed by then-Gov. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "New Jersey Assembly Speaker Pushes $15 Minimum Wage Bill," 6 Dec. 2018 In the past two years, these states all passed renewable energy bills through their legislatures that were vetoed by Republican governors. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Governors could drive the next wave of climate change action," 8 Nov. 2018 But like the resolutions of disapproval themselves, any measure that would constrain the president’s power over arms sales will almost certainly be vetoed by Trump himself. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Farewell to Arms Deals," 11 June 2019

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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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