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
  1. noun
    a vote that blocks a decision
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    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
  2. noun
    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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    line-item veto
    the power of a government executive to veto individual items in a bill without vetoing other parts of the bill
    type of:
    power, powerfulness
    possession of controlling influence
  3. verb
    command against
    “Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store”
    synonyms: disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe
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    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
  4. verb
    vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent
    “The President vetoed the bill”
    synonyms: blackball, negative
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    defeat, kill, shoot down, vote down, vote out
    thwart the passage of
    type of:
    contradict, controvert, oppose
    be resistant to
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