noun, plural ve·toes. Also called veto power (for defs 1, 4).
verb (used with object), ve·toed, ve·to·ing.
- veterinary surgeon,
- veterinary technician,
Origin of veto
noun plural -toes
verb -toes, -toing or -toed (tr)
Word Origin for veto
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.