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American English: /ˈvidoʊ/
British English: /ˈviːtəʊ/

Translation of veto in Spanish:

noun plural vetoes

  • 1.1 uncountable (power to ban) the right of veto
    el derecho de or al veto
    to have a veto
    tener derecho de veto
    to use o exercise one's veto
    ejercer el veto
    to invoke a veto
    acogerse al or invocar el derecho de or al veto
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 countable (ban) to put a veto on something
    vetar algo
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.3 countableveto (message) (in US)
    (exposición de las razones por las que se ha ejercido el derecho de veto)

transitive verb vetoes, vetoing, vetoed

  • (bill/measure/proposal)
    his wife has vetoed smoking in the kitchen
    su mujer ha prohibido que se fume en la cocina
    Example sentences
    • 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.

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