What does veto mean?

Definitions for vetoˈvi toʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word veto.

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"


  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

  6. Origin: [L. veto I forbid.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Veto

    vē′tō, n. any authoritative prohibition: the power of rejecting or forbidding:—pl. Vetoes (vē′tōz).v.t. to reject by a veto: to withhold assent to.—Absolute veto, a veto without restriction. [L. vetāre, to forbid.]

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Anagrams for veto »

  1. vote, Vote

  2. Vote


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of veto in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of veto in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Howell:

    I have to see what his veto message said.

  2. Duncan Smith:

    They have a de facto veto over everything.

  3. Mark Meadows:

    I don't have any veto power, i have one vote.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    They can have that vote. I will veto that vote.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    The votes will be there to sustain a veto, no question.

Images & Illustrations of veto

  1. vetovetoveto

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