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Definition of Veto

Veto

  1. An authoritative prohibition or negative; a forbidding; an interdiction.
  2. A power or right possessed by one department of government to forbid or prohibit the carrying out of projects attempted by another department; especially, in a constitutional government, a power vested in the chief executive to prevent the enactment of measures passed by the legislature. Such a power may be absolute, as in the case of the Tribunes of the People in ancient Rome, or limited, as in the case of the President of the United States. Called also the veto power.
  3. The exercise of such authority; an act of prohibition or prevention; as, a veto is probable if the bill passes.
  4. A document or message communicating the reasons of the executive for not officially approving a proposed law; -- called also veto message.
  5. To prohibit; to negative; also, to refuse assent to, as a legislative bill, and thus prevent its enactment; as, to veto an appropriation bill.

Veto Quotations

The United Nations' founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America's consent, the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades.
Vladimir Putin

Let there be an end to the arrogance of the big powers who miss no opportunity to put the rights of the people in question. Africa's absence from the club of those who have the right to veto is unjust and should be ended.
Thomas Sankara

The first pork-barrel bill that crosses my desk, I'm going to veto it and make the authors of those pork-barrel items famous all over America.
John McCain

Giving Northern Europe a veto over Southern Europe's budgets will not hold a monetary union together. The euro zone will continue to need the weaker countries to stomach decades of high unemployment to grind down wages.
Austan Goolsbee

The U.N. Security Council did not to condemn the Qana massacre, due to the U.S. veto.
Hassan Nasrallah
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Veto Translations

veto in German is Einspruch, Einspruchsrecht
veto in Swedish is veto
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