- 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
Related Words for vetoeddeclined
Examples from the Web for vetoed
Contemporary Examples of vetoed
I had chosen a seat by the window, but Poitras vetoed the location.Laura Poitras on Snowden's Unrevealed Secrets
December 1, 2014
President Obama has vetoed only three bills, an historic low.Voters Remind D.C. That the Economy Still Sucks
November 6, 2014
President G.W. Bush vetoed 12, Bill Clinton 27, George H.W, Bush 44, Ronald Reagan 78.What the GOP Will Do If It Wins Congress
October 3, 2014
Consider how First Lady Michelle Obama vetoed pantyhose and made bare legs OK for the rest of us.Kate Middleton’s “Bottomgate” Shows Why Women Still Need Slips
May 28, 2014
Obama has vetoed less legislation than any president in modern history: just two bills, both in late 2010.Here’s What Happens When the GOP Takes Over the Senate
April 30, 2014
Historical Examples of vetoed
But all his attempts to cross that tongue of flooring had been vetoed by the guards.
But Charley who had recovered her self control, vetoed this idea at once.The Forbidden Trail
A first bill, however, fell short of the President's desires and was vetoed.
Bonus Bill, advocated by Calhoun, 257;vetoed by Madison, 257.
So far he had not vetoed any measures sent to him for his signature.American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt
- 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 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.