- Veto is defined as to refuse to sign a bill passed by Congress or reject a proposed act.
An example of to veto is President George W. Bush refusing to sign the State Children's Health Insurance bill.
veto definition by Webster's New World
- an order prohibiting some proposed or intended act; prohibition, esp. by a person in authority
- the power to prevent action by such prohibition
- the constitutional right or power of a ruler or legislature to reject bills passed by another branch of the government
- ☆ in the U.S.,
- the power of the President to refuse to sign a bill passed by Congress, preventing it from becoming law unless it is passed again (with a two-thirds majority) by both houses
- a similar power held by the governors of states
- the exercise of this power
- ☆ a document or message giving the reasons of the executive for rejecting a billalso veto message
- the power of any of the five permanent members of the Security Council of the United Nations to cast a negative vote, affirmative votes of all five being required to take action on other than procedural matters
Origin: Classical Latin I forbid ; from vetare, to forbid
- vetoer noun
veto definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ve·toes
- a. The vested power or constitutional right of one branch or department of government to refuse approval of measures proposed by another department, especially the power of a chief executive to reject a bill passed by the legislature and thus prevent or delay its enactment into law.b. Exercise of this right.c. An official document or message from a chief executive stating the reasons for rejection of a bill.
- An authoritative prohibition or rejection of a proposed or intended act.
- To prevent (a legislative bill) from becoming law by exercising the power of veto.
- To forbid or prohibit authoritatively.
Origin: From Latin vetō, first person sing. present tense of vetāre, to forbid.
- veˈto·er noun
veto - Cultural Definition
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.
- Originally intended to prevent Congress from passing unconstitutional laws, the veto is now used by the president as a powerful bargaining tool, especially when his objectives conflict with majority sentiment in Congress. (See also checks and balances.)
A vote that blocks a decision. In the United Nations, for example, each of the five permanent members of the Security Council has the power of veto.
veto - Legal Definition
- The power of one branch of government to prohibit a certain action by another; for example, the chief executive’s right to refuse to sign a legislature-passed bill into law.
- The act of refusing or canceling the act of another or the passage of a law.