Definition of veto in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈviːtəʊ

noun (plural vetoes)

  • 1A constitutional right to reject a decision or proposal made by a lawmaking body: neither state was given a veto over amendments to the Act [mass noun]: the royal power of veto
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    • From this perspective, the U.S. Senate has a veto over treaties negotiated by the executive, and constitutional courts have a veto over legislation.
    • Clearly the present set-up gives the five major powers on the Security Council a veto on any decisions taken by UN member states.
    • It had its own assembly and militia, the power of veto over federal decisions and control of education and other public services.
  • 1.1A rejection by right of veto.
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    • The veto is another blow to his leadership following the dismissal of the Government Administration and Home Affairs Minister early this month.
    • The legislation did not define the phrase ‘just cause’ when considering dismissal or veto of council members, giving the minister carte blanche.
    • The problem with that is that a veto or a threatened veto by France would have had the result of the leader still being in power.
  • 1.2Any ban or prohibition: his veto on our drinking after the meal was annoying
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    • Few people want children - or, for that matter, anyone else - to have veto power over the decisions that parents make.
    • Now we don't have to really divide or to make vetoes on people.
    • The Cardinal had tried to impose an immediate veto on all contacts with the media.

verb (vetoes, vetoing, vetoed)

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  • 1Exercise a veto against (a decision or proposal): the president vetoed the bill
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    • Under the terms of the Luxembourg Compromise, governments would retain their right to veto proposals where they deemed a vital national interest to be at stake.
    • Unfortunately, the plan was vetoed by the British government.
    • In fact, if a proposal is vetoed by the UN, it does not go ahead.
    reject, turn down, throw out, dismiss, say ‘no’ to, rule against, overrule, rule out, quash; prohibit, forbid, interdict, proscribe, disallow, outlaw, embargo, place an embargo on, ban, bar, block, preclude, put a stop to, put an end to, stop, nullify, declare null and void
    informal kill, squash, put the kibosh on, give the thumbs down to, give the red light to
  • 1.1Refuse to accept or allow: I vetoed the idea of a holiday
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    • Tell them tonight, and I'll be here tomorrow morning before school to tell you if the idea is accepted or vetoed.
    • This allows software to veto certain state transitions when it is not safe to do so.
    • He faced resistance in his own company-his management team tended to rule by consensus and veto his more outlandish ideas.



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  • There is some grey area on what ‘technical’ can mean, but the vetoer receives the benefit of the doubt.
  • As one fast food consultant explained of the new fruit option, ‘It's basically a way to veto the vetoer.’


early 17th century: from Latin, literally 'I forbid', used by Roman tribunes of the people when opposing measures of the Senate.

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