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Definition of "veto" []

  • The vested power or constitutional right of one branch or department of government to refuse approval of measures proposed by another department, especially the power of a chief executive to reject a bill passed by the legislature and thus prevent or delay its enactment into law. (noun)
  • Exercise of this right. (noun)
  • An official document or message from a chief executive stating the reasons for rejection of a bill. (noun)
  • An authoritative prohibition or rejection of a proposed or intended act. (noun)
  • To prevent (a legislative bill) from becoming law by exercising the power of veto. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "veto" in a sentence
  • "This agitation from without rendered the debates upon the veto stormy; in this way a very simple question acquired great importance, and the ministry, perceiving how fatal the influence of an absolute decision might prove, and seeing, also, that the _unlimited veto_ and the _suspensive veto_ were one and the same thing, induced the king to be satisfied with the latter, and give up the former."
  • ""They avoid using the term veto power, but that is clearly all they are willing to accept.""
  • "Perhaps equally important, a veto is a far more powerful political gesture; a signing statement would seem particularly devious and unsatisfying, both to the public at large, and, perhaps more importantly, to the President's supporters in the pro-life movement, who would have demanded a clear rejection of the bill rather than allowing it to become law."