Definitions for pocket veto

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pock′et ve`to(n.)

  1. an automatic veto of a bill, occurring when Congress adjourns within the ten-day period allowed for presidential action on the bill and the president has retained it unsigned.

    Category: Government

  2. a similar action on the part of any legislative executive.

    Category: Government

Origin of pocket veto:

1835–45, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pocket veto(noun)

    indirect veto of legislation by refusing to sign it


  1. pocket veto(Noun)

    A (de facto) veto of a bill by the US President by restricting Congressional action on the bill, as, figuratively, by carrying the bill in his pocket until the deadline for signing it has passed.


  1. Pocket veto

    A pocket veto is a legislative maneuver in lawmaking that allows a president or other official with veto power effectively to exercise that power over a bill by taking no action.


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