• WordNet 3.6
    • v veto command against "I forbid you to call me late at night","Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store","Dad nixed our plans"
    • v veto vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent "The President vetoed the bill"
    • n veto a vote that blocks a decision
    • n veto 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)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Veto A document or message communicating the reasons of the executive for not officially approving a proposed law; -- called also veto message.
    • Veto 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.
    • Veto An authoritative prohibition or negative; a forbidding; an interdiction. "This contemptuous veto of her husband's on any intimacy with her family."
    • Veto The exercise of such authority; an act of prohibition or prevention; as, a veto is probable if the bill passes.
    • v. t Veto To prohibit; to negative; also, to refuse assent to, as a legislative bill, and thus prevent its enactment; as, to veto an appropriation bill.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n veto In a constitutional government, the right vested in one branch of it to negative the determinations of another branch; specifically, the right, under constitutional restrictions, of the executive, as a king, a president, or a governor, to reject a bill passed, by the legislature; also, the act of exercising this right. This power is often traced to the privilege enjoyed by the Roman tribunes of annulling or suspending any measures of the senate, decree of a magistrate, etc., the word veto (I forbid) having been at least occasionally used by the tribune in such a case. This power of the tribunes was properly called intercessio. The attempt on the part of Louis XVI. of France to exercise the veto assured to him by the Constitution of 1791 was one of the causes of the revolutionary movements of 1792, which at once dethroned the king and overturned the Constitution. In Great Britain the power of the crown is confined to a veto, a right of rejecting and not resolving, and even this right has become practically obsolete, the last occasion of its exercise being in the reign of William III. The Constitution of the United States provides that “every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States. If he approve, he shall sign it; but if not, he shall return it with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two-thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two-thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. … If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournmeut prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.” (Article I. Sec. 7.) Most of the State Constitutions have a similar provision.
    • n veto Any right or power of authoritatively forbidding or effectively negativing, or the exercise of such right or power; prohibition; interdict.
    • veto To forbid authoritatively; specifically, to negative by exercising the constitutional right of veto: as, to veto a bill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Veto vē′tō any authoritative prohibition: the power of rejecting or forbidding
    • v.t Veto to reject by a veto: to withhold assent to
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  • Clark Kerr
    Clark Kerr
    “The status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. veto, I forbid


In literature:

In May difficulties arose between the King and his ministers, arising partly from the exercise of the power of veto once more.
"The French Revolution" by R. M. Johnston
The man for whom it was destined now refuses to live there, as his children have vetoed the idea.
"Le Petit Nord" by Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
His father, who was a prosperous banker in Wall Street, had sternly vetoed an artistic career for his only son.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Bandarini, when this scheme was proposed to him, vetoed it at once.
"Jerome Cardan" by William George Waters
By this Parliament Act the Lords' veto is now strictly limited.
"The Rise of the Democracy" by Joseph Clayton
In vain did Tiberius implore Octavius to withdraw his veto.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Valletort was for rushing forthwith off in a taxi to the Plaza; but Schmidt vetoed the notion.
"One Wonderful Night" by Louis Tracy
The first power of the President that I wish to consider is the veto power.
"Ethics in Service" by William Howard Taft
But apparently there had been no veto on a resumption of talk, for at half-past seven his friend sent for him.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
In 1832 Jackson vetoed the bill to renew the charter of the bank.
"The Land We Live In" by Henry Mann

In poetry:

For to-night is our Woman's Convention,
And I am to speak first, you know—
The men veto us in private,
But in public they shout, "That's so."
"The Coming Woman" by Mary Weston Fordham
Come! Come! Joshua, come!
Don't you think it's time the journey closes?
For you know we'll never stand in the promised land
While Andy Veto's our Moses.
"Andy Veto" by Henry Clay Work

In news:

But Curley said once a budget line item is vetoed those funds should not be dumped into a pool where the president and Council could re-appropriate those revenues for whatever they want.
The line-item veto is a questionable way to control federal spending, and the one proposed by Congress now isn't even a real one.
The proposal would give Obama and future presidents line-item veto power.
MADISON (WSAU ) Governor Scott Walker promises not to use his line-item budget vetoes to expand Milwaukee's private school voucher program throughout Wisconsin this fall.
He made one line-item veto, eliminating Budget Item 123.
Is the Line-Item Veto constitutional.
Is the line-item veto that big a shift in power.
Is the veto giving the president more control over something he is held accountable for.
Line Item Veto Debate Reps Solomon and Skaggs June 20, 1997.
Wasn't it Congress' decision to give the President this veto.
Lacasta Lynn Adkins and Jason Robert Thrasher were united in marriage on April 21 at Veto Gospel Tabernacle with bridegroom's stepfather officiating.
Both have threatened to veto a budget that does not meet their demands.
The White House lifted a veto threat after changes in detainee language.
Obama Drops Veto Threat Over Military Authorization Bill After Revisions.
Paterson vetoes NY autism treatment insurance bill.

In science:

For this reason, great care must be taken to actively veto background events.
Relativistic Astrophysics Explorer
The non-isolated candidate requires passing of two shower proflle vetoes, the flrst of which is based on the flne-grain ECAL crystal energy proflle (FG veto).
The CMS High Level Trigger
If this jet does not have tau-veto set, it is redeflned as a tau-jet and is sorted in pT separately.
The CMS High Level Trigger
The experimental setup was completed with additional counters for the trigger and veto systems (Sec. 5.1.3).
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
Following the muon veto, there was the forward calorimeter (FCAL) which was used as a target for studies requiring very high statistics while sacrificing some resolution in the vertex finding.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC