noun (plural vetoes)
- 1A constitutional right to reject a decision or proposal made by a law-making body: the legislature would have a veto over appointments to key postsMore 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.
- 1.1A rejection of a law.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2A prohibition: his veto on our drinking after the meal was annoyingMore 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.
verb (vetoes, vetoing, vetoed)[with object] Back to top
- 1Exercise a veto against (a decision or proposal made by a law-making body): the president vetoed the billMore 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.
- 1.1Refuse to accept or allow: the film star often has a right to veto the pictures used for publicityMore example sentences
- 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.