- 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 veto
Immediately, there was a national groundswell of voices calling for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill.Corporations Are No Longer Silent on LGBT Issues
December 24, 2014
In his veto message, Christie also chided Democratic lawmakers for “using their lawmaking authority to play politics.”
With the second veto on Friday, however, all bets seemed to be off.
In fact, because the House never voted, he never got the chance to sign or veto anything.SNL Parodies Schoolhouse Rock Hilariously, Gets A Lot Wrong
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
November 24, 2014
Was it a mistake to veto the bill that would have curtailed such furloughs?Want President Hillary? Then Primary Her
November 24, 2014
He used his veto on the laws, for instance, and otherwise exercised his prerogatives.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
For if the English Parliament have the power to veto our wishes, where's the difference?Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
And the Turkish nation had no opportunity to sanction or veto their resolve.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
An important act of the legislature awaited his signature or veto.David Dunne
Belle Kanaris Maniates
An effort was made to carry it over the Governor's veto, but it failed.
- 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 veto
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.
1706, from veto (n.). Related: Vetoed; vetoing.
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.