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Main Entry: 1ve·to
Pronunciation: 'vE-(")tO
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural vetoes
Etymology: Latin, I forbid, from vetare to forbid
Date: 1629
1 : an authoritative prohibition : INTERDICTION
2 a : a power of one department or branch of a government to forbid or prohibit finally or provisionally the carrying out of projects attempted by another department; especially : a power vested in a chief executive to prevent permanently or temporarily the enactment of measures passed by a legislature b (1) : the exercise of such authority (2) : a message communicating the reasons of an executive and especially the president of the United States for vetoing a proposed law