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veto

ve·to

veto

 
pronunciation:
vi to
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: the power of a government official or group to keep something from taking effect.
The president's veto sent the bill back to Congress.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: vetoed, vetoes, vetoing
definition: to prevent from taking effect.
The governor vetoed that law.My father vetoed my decision to dye my hair green.
synonyms:
revoke, void
antonyms:
approve
similar words:
cancel, deny, reject
Word History
Veto is a Latin word that means "I forbid." It was used by representatives of the Roman people when they opposed the Roman Senate.
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