- 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.
- 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 of vetoClassical Latin I forbid ; from vetare, to forbid
- a. The constitutional power of the chief executive of a state or nation to prevent or delay the enactment of legislation passed by the legislature: The president has the veto and will use it.b. An instance in which this right is exercised: the governor's veto of the bill.c. An official document or message from a chief executive stating the reasons for rejection of a bill.
- The power of one party or entity to forbid the actions or decisions of another party or entity: The producer has a veto over which songs get put on the album.
- A prohibition or rejection of a proposed or intended act: Her plans to go away for the weekend were met with a parental veto.
transitive verbve·toed, ve·to·ing, ve·toes
- To prevent or delay (a legislative bill) from becoming law by exercising the power of veto.
- To forbid, prohibit, or decide against: “She considered having another [drink] but vetoed the idea as unwise” (Stewart O'Nan).
Origin of vetoFrom Latin vetō, first person sing. present tense of vetāre, to forbid.
(plural vetoes or vetos)
- A political right to disapprove of (thereby stop) the process of a decision, a law etc.
- An invocation of that right.
- An authoritative prohibition or negative; a forbidding; an interdiction.
(third-person singular simple present vetoes, present participle vetoing, simple past and past participle vetoed)
- To use a veto against.
- From Latin vetō (“I forbid”)
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.