Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a vote that blocks a decision
  2. (noun, attribute) the power or right to prohibit or reject a proposed or intended act (especially the power of a chief executive to reject a bill passed by the legislature)
  3. (verb, social) vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent
  4. (verb, communication) command against
    Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store
    Dad nixed our plans

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Veto

  1. 1629, from L. veto, lit. "I forbid," first person singular present indicative of vetare "forbid," of unknown origin. Used by Roman tribunes who opposed measures of the Senate or magistrates. The verb is recorded from 1706. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Veto

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