pocket veto definition by Webster's New World
- the indirect veto by the President of the U.S. of a bill presented to him by Congress within ten days of its adjournment, by failing to sign and return the bill before Congress adjourns
- any action similar to this in defeating a measure
pocket veto definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The indirect veto of a bill received by the President within ten days of the adjournment of Congress, effected by retaining the bill unsigned until Congress adjourns.
- A similar action exercised by a state governor or other chief executive.
- pockˈet-veˌto verb
pocket veto - Cultural Definition
An automatic veto of a bill that occurs if the president or governor neither signs nor vetoes a bill within ten days of receiving it — as long as the legislature adjourns during that period. If the legislature convenes during that period, the bill will automatically become law. A pocket veto cannot be overridden by the legislature, though the bill can be reintroduced at the next legislative session.
pocket veto - Legal Definition