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Meaning of VETO

Pronunciation:  'veetow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a vote that blocks a decision
  2. [n]  the power or right to prohibit or reject a proposed or intended act esp the power of a chief executive to reject a bill passed by the legislature
  3. [v]  command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night"
  4. [v]  vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

VETO is a 4 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: blackball, disallow, forbid, interdict, negative, prohibit, proscribe
 Antonyms: allow, countenance, let, permit
 See Also: ballot, balloting, ban, bar, command, compel, contradict, controvert, criminalise, criminalize, debar, defeat, enjoin, exclude, illegalise, illegalize, kill, oppose, outlaw, pocket veto, power, powerfulness, require, vote, vote, vote down, vote out, voting



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ve"to\, n.; pl. {Vetoes}. [L. veto I forbid.]
    1. An authoritative prohibition or negative; a forbidding; an
             This contemptuous veto of her husband's on any
             intimacy with her family.             --G. Eliot.
    2. Specifically:
       (a) 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
       (b) The exercise of such authority; an act of prohibition
           or prevention; as, a veto is probable if the bill
       (c) A document or message communicating the reasons of the
           executive for not officially approving a proposed law;
           -- called also {veto message}. [U. S.]
    Note: Veto is not a term employed in the Federal
          Constitution, but seems to be of popular use only.
  2. \Ve"to\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vetoed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To prohibit; to negative; also, to refuse assent to, as a
    legislative bill, and thus prevent its enactment; as, to veto
    an appropriation bill.