Veto Definition

vetoed, vetoes, vetoing
The constitutional right or power of a ruler or legislature to reject bills passed by another branch of the government.
Webster's New World
An instance in which this right is exercised.
The governor's veto of the bill.
American Heritage
An order prohibiting some proposed or intended act; prohibition, esp. by a person in authority.
Webster's New World
The power to prevent action by such prohibition.
Webster's New World
A document or message giving the reasons of the executive for rejecting a bill.
Webster's New World
vetoed, vetoes, vetoing
To prevent (a bill) from becoming law by a veto.
Webster's New World
To forbid; prohibit; refuse consent to.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World Law
The act of refusing or canceling the act of another or the passage of a law.
Webster's New World Law
To use a veto against.

Other Word Forms of Veto


vetoes, vetos

Origin of Veto

  • From Latin vetō first person sing. present tense of vetāre to forbid

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin vetō (“I forbid")

    From Wiktionary

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