Definitions for vetoˈvi toʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ve•toˈvi toʊ(n.)(pl.)-toes

  1. (n.)the power vested in one branch of a government to cancel or postpone the decisions or actions of another branch, esp. the right of a president or other chief executive to reject bills passed by the legislature.

    Category: Government

  2. the exercise of this power.

    Category: Government

  3. Also called ve′to mes`sage. a document exercising such power and setting forth the reasons for its use.

    Category: Government

  4. the power of any of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to overrule actions or decisions by a nonconcurring vote.

    Category: Government

  5. an emphatic prohibition of any sort.

  6. (v.t.)to reject (a proposed bill or enactment) by exercising a veto.

    Category: Government

  7. to prohibit emphatically; disapprove:

    to veto a plan.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of veto:

1620–30; < L vetō I forbid


Princeton's WordNet

  1. veto(noun)

    a vote that blocks a decision

  2. veto(verb)

    the power or right to prohibit or reject a proposed or intended act (especially the power of a chief executive to reject a bill passed by the legislature)

  3. veto, blackball, negative(verb)

    vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

    "The President vetoed the bill"

  4. forbid, prohibit, interdict, proscribe, veto, disallow, nix(verb)

    command against

    "I forbid you to call me late at night"; "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store"; "Dad nixed our plans"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. veto(verb)ˈvi toʊ

    to officially reject or forbid

    management have vetoed any further spending

  2. veto(noun)ˈvi toʊ

    a rejection or prevention

    The president has threatened a veto of the health care bill.


  1. veto(Noun)

    A political right to disapprove of (and thereby stop) the process of a decision, a law etc.

  2. veto(Noun)

    An invocation of that right.

  3. veto(Verb)

    To use a veto against.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Veto(noun)

    an authoritative prohibition or negative; a forbidding; an interdiction

  2. Veto(noun)

    a power or right possessed by one department of government to forbid or prohibit the carrying out of projects attempted by another department; especially, in a constitutional government, a power vested in the chief executive to prevent the enactment of measures passed by the legislature. Such a power may be absolute, as in the case of the Tribunes of the People in ancient Rome, or limited, as in the case of the President of the United States. Called also the veto power

  3. Veto(noun)

    the exercise of such authority; an act of prohibition or prevention; as, a veto is probable if the bill passes

  4. Veto(noun)

    a document or message communicating the reasons of the executive for not officially approving a proposed law; -- called also veto message

  5. Veto(verb)

    to prohibit; to negative; also, to refuse assent to, as a legislative bill, and thus prevent its enactment; as, to veto an appropriation bill


  1. Veto

    A veto – Latin for "I forbid" – is the power to unilaterally stop an official action, especially the enactment of legislation. A veto can be absolute, as for instance in the United Nations Security Council, whose permanent members can block any resolution. Or it can be limited, as in the legislative process of the United States, where a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate may override a Presidential veto of legislation. A veto only gives power to stop changes, not to adopt them. Thus a veto allows its holder to protect the status quo. The concept of a veto body originated with the Roman consuls and tribunes. Either of the two consuls holding office in a given year could block a military or civil decision by the other; any tribune had the power to unilaterally block legislation passed by the Roman Senate.

Anagrams of veto

  1. vote, Vote

  2. Vote

Translations for veto

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(also power of veto ) the power or right to refuse or forbid

the chairman's (power of) veto.

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