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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: 'I refuse to allow', from vetare 'to forbid'

veto

2 noun
     
Related topics: Politics
veto2 plural vetoes [uncountable and countable]
P a refusal to give official permission for something, or the right to refuse to give such permission
veto on
de Gaulle's veto on the British application to join the EEC
veto over
The head teacher has the right of veto over management-board decisions.
veto of
Washington's veto of Seoul's nuclear ambitions
The Senate had a sufficient majority to override the presidential veto (=not accept his refusal).

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