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veto noun


the official power to block a decision; the official power to refuse to approve or to refuse to allow something
The veto of any of the five permanent members was enough to defeat a resolution, and both China and Russia voted against.

Hello and welcome to TransLegal’s lesson of the week. My name is Gregory and once again today we’ll be discussing a legal Latin term. As you can see behind me the term is veto and, as we’ve seen with some of these earlier lessons of the week, even though Latin is a dead language - it’s no longer spoken in any country in the world - it’s still very much alive in a legal sense in the legal community and in legal terminology. And veto is an example of a term that is still very much alive Veto comes from the Latin meaning I forbid and it is usually referring to the authority of an officer of the state to unilaterally block usually pieces of legislation. It can be any official action but it is normally referring to legislation that has been proposed or passed. I say unilaterally meaning that it’s normally just one individual who has this power, the veto power. It’s generally only used to block a piece of legislation or an official action, not to pass anything. So the veto power usually similar to its Latin root I forbid, it means the person who has the power is utilising this authority to stop something from being passed or being enacted legislation wise. Usually the officer or the person utilises their veto power in order to maintain the status quo and status quo is another example of a legal term that you see still today. Status quo meaning the current state of things. Generally the veto power is, as I said, used to maintain the status quo, to keep things as they are and to block or stop a proposed piece of legislation or official action. That’s it for me and hopefully this clears up any questions you might have had about this term or if you’ve seen it before and didn’t recognise it. Feel free to add comments in the section below as always and we’ll see you next time. Thanks.

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