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 for veto
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Veto \Ve"to\ (v[=e]"t[-o]), n.; pl. Vetoes (v[=e]"t[=o]z). [L.
     veto I forbid.]
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     1. An authoritative prohibition or negative; a forbidding; an
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              This contemptuous veto of her husband's on any
              intimacy with her family.             --G. Eliot.
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     2. Specifically: 
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        (a) A power or right possessed by one department of
            government to forbid or prohibit the carrying out of
            projects attempted by another department; especially,
            in a constitutional government, a power vested in the
            chief executive to prevent the enactment of measures
            passed by the legislature. Such a power may be
            absolute, as in the case of the Tribunes of the People
            in ancient Rome, or limited, as in the case of the
            President of the United States. Called also the veto
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        (b) The exercise of such authority; an act of prohibition
            or prevention; as, a veto is probable if the bill
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        (c) A document or message communicating the reasons of the
            executive for not officially approving a proposed law;
            -- called also veto message. [U. S.]
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     Note: Veto is not a term employed in the Federal
           Constitution, but seems to be of popular use only.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Veto \Ve"to\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vetoed (v[=e]"t[=o]d); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Vetoing.]
     To prohibit; to negative; also, to refuse assent to, as a
     legislative bill, and thus prevent its enactment; as, to veto
     an appropriation bill.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a vote that blocks a decision
      2: 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)
      v 1: vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent; "The
           President vetoed the bill" [syn: veto, blackball,
      2: command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night";
         "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store"; "Dad nixed
         our plans" [syn: forbid, prohibit, interdict,
         proscribe, veto, disallow, nix] [ant: allow,
         countenance, let, permit]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  67 Moby Thesaurus words for "veto":
     absolute veto, ban, block, constitute, decline, decree, defeat,
     denial, deny, disallow, disallowance, embargo, enact, enact laws,
     executive veto, filibuster, forbid, get the floor, have the floor,
     interdict, interdiction, item veto, kill, killing, legislate,
     limited negative, limited veto, lobby through, logroll, negative,
     nix, ordain, outlaw, pass, pigeonhole, pocket, pocket veto,
     preclude, preclusion, prevent, prevention, prohibit, prohibition,
     proscribe, proscription, put in force, put through, quash,
     quashing, railroad through, refuse, reject, rejection, roll logs,
     rule against, rule out, senatorial courtesy, stop, stoppage,
     suspensory veto, table, taboo, take the floor, turn down,
     veto message, veto power, yield the floor

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  VETO, legislation. This is a Latin word signifying, I forbid. 
       2. It is usually applied to the power of the president of the United 
  States to negative a bill which has passed both branches of the legislature. 
  The act of refusing to sign such a bill, and the message which is sent to 
  congress assigning the reasons for a refusal to sign it, are each called a 
       3. When a bill is engrossed, and has received the sanction of both 
  houses, it is transmitted to the president for his approbation. If he 
  approves of it, he signs it. If he does not, he sends it, with his 
  objections, to the house in which it originated, and that house enter the 
  objections on their journals, and proceed to reconsider the bill. Coast. U. 
  S. art. I, s. 7, cl. 2. Vide Story on the Const. Sec. 878; 1 Kent, Com. 239. 
       4. The governors of the several states have generally a negative on the 
  acts of the legislature. When exercised with due caution, the veto power is 
  some additional security against inconsiderate and hasty legislation, or 
  where bills have passed through prejudice or want of due reflection. It was, 
  however, mainly intended as a weapon in the hands of the chief magistrate to 
  defend the executive department from encroachment and usurpation, as well as 
  a just balance of the constitution. 
       5. The veto power of the British sovereign has not been exercised for 
  more than a century. It was exercised once during the, reign of Queen Anne. 
  Edinburgh Rev. 10th vol. 411, &c.; Parke's Lectures, 126. But anciently the 
  king frequently replied Le roy s'avisera, which was in effect withholding 
  his assent. In France the king had the initiative of all laws, but not the 
  veto. See 1 Toull. art. 39; and see Nos. 42, 52, note 3. 

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