A veto is a no vote that blocks a decision. The President can veto some bills that pass his desk.

A veto is a very official way of saying "No!" Vetoes block or forbid something, and the word is also used more loosely. The President of the United States can veto Senators who oppose his ideas, but if he tries to veto his daughter from joining the swim team, he might encounter his fiercest opponent yet. If you strongly disagree with your friends' choice of a movie, you could say, "I have to veto that." Vetoes vote no.

Definitions of veto

n a vote that blocks a decision

pocket veto
indirect veto of legislation by refusing to sign it
Type of:
ballot, balloting, vote, voting
a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative

n 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)

Type of:
power, powerfulness
possession of controlling influence

v command against

“Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store”
disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission
allow, grant
let have
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prohibit especially by legal means or social pressure
bar, debar, exclude
prevent from entering; keep out
issue an injunction
criminalise, criminalize, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw
declare illegal; outlaw
ban, censor
forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper)
Type of:
command, require
make someone do something

v vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

“The President vetoed the bill”
blackball, negative
defeat, kill, shoot down, vote down, vote out
thwart the passage of
Type of:
contradict, controvert, oppose
be resistant to

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