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English Dictionary: veto by the DICT Development Group
3 results for veto
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a vote that blocks a decision
  2. 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)
  1. vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent; "The President vetoed the bill"
    Synonym(s): veto, blackball, negative
  2. command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night"; "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store"; "Dad nixed our plans"
    Synonym(s): forbid, prohibit, interdict, proscribe, veto, disallow, nix
    Antonym(s): allow, countenance, let, permit
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Veto \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Veto \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.
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