Define: Veto

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Definition: Veto

What is the dictionary definition of Veto?

Dictionary Definition

  1. A political right to disapprove of (and thereby stop) the process of a decision, a law etc.
  2. An invocation of that right.
  3. An authoritative prohibition or negative; a forbidding; an interdiction.


Full Definition of Veto

A vote that prevents a proposed action from occurring or being completed. A veto usually comes from an authority figure or leader whose one vote has equal or more authority than that of the majority. In the US, the US President can veto a proposed law; however, because of the system of checks and balances, he can be overruled if there is a 2/3 majority vote in both houses of Congress.


Synonyms For Veto

reject, disallow, deny, prohibition, interdict

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Veto are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 6th January 2020.