- the power or right vested in one branch of a government to cancel or postpone the decisions, enactments, etc., of another branch, especially the right of a president, governor, or other chief executive to reject bills passed by the legislature.
- the exercise of this right.
- Also called veto message. a document exercising such right and setting forth the reasons for such action.
- a nonconcurring vote by which one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council can overrule the actions or decisions of the meeting on matters other than procedural.
- an emphatic prohibition of any sort.
- pocket veto.
- to reject (a proposed bill or enactment) by exercising a veto.
- to prohibit emphatically.
Origin of veto
Examples from the Web for vetoing
And, while he was vetoing marriage equality, it turns out that he was carrying on with his housekeeper!‘To Be Takei’ Traces George Takei’s Journey From Japanese Internment Camps to Cultural Icon
January 22, 2014
President Obama has signaled that he would not be opposed to vetoing CISPA, should it come to his desk.How CISPA Could Chip Away at Your Right to Privacy
April 18, 2013
One moment he was dissing Obama for vetoing the Keystone XL Pipeline.Can Newt’s ‘Nontraditional’ Campaign Stay on the Rails?
January 21, 2012
Israeli historian Gershom Gorenberg writes that Israelis should be celebrating the U.N. vote—not vetoing it.Israel Needs a Palestinian State
September 19, 2011
The President may cause a bill to fail by neither signing nor vetoing it during the last ten days of a session.
Washington was sorely perplexed by the controversy and was on the point of vetoing the Bank Bill.The Life of John Marshall (Volume 2 of 4)
Albert J. Beveridge
The right of permitting or vetoing an interpellation rests with the chamber.
President Taft's action in vetoing the tariff bills was denounced, and an immediate, downward revision was demanded.Contemporary American History, 1877-1913
Charles A. Beard
Andrew Johnson was the first President to use it freely, vetoing as many acts as were vetoed by the first eight Presidents.The Spirit of American Government
J. Allen Smith
- the power to prevent legislation or action proposed by others; prohibitionthe presidential veto
- the exercise of this power
- Also called: veto message US government a document containing the reasons why a chief executive has vetoed a measure
- to refuse consent to (a proposal, esp a government bill)
- to prohibit, ban, or forbidher parents vetoed her trip
Word Origin and History for vetoing
1706, from veto (n.). Related: Vetoed; vetoing.
1620s, from Latin veto, literally "I forbid," first person singular present indicative of vetare "forbid," of unknown origin. Used by Roman tribunes who opposed measures of the Senate or magistrates.
The power of a president or governor to reject a bill proposed by a legislature by refusing to sign it into law. The president or governor actually writes the word veto (Latin for “I forbid”) on the bill and sends it back to the legislature with a statement of his or her objections. The legislature may choose to comply by withdrawing or revising the bill, or it can override the veto and pass the law, by a two-thirds vote in each house.