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pocket veto

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Definition of pocket veto in English:

noun

An indirect veto of a legislative bill by the US President or a state governor by retaining the bill unsigned until it is too late for it to be dealt with during the legislative session.
Example sentences
  • The use of the pocket veto does extend the president's authority at a domestic level.
  • Lincoln defeated the bill by a pocket veto, meaning he kept the bill unsigned for ten days, whereafter the bill became invalid.
  • The pocket veto is absolute and it kills off a bill.

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