Definition of pocket veto in English:

pocket veto


  • An indirect veto of a legislative bill by the US president or a state governor by retaining the bill unsigned until it is too late for it to be dealt with during the legislative session.

    • ‘The pocket veto is absolute and it kills off a bill.’
    • ‘Lincoln defeated the bill by a pocket veto, meaning he kept the bill unsigned for ten days, whereafter the bill became invalid.’
    • ‘The pocket veto, not subject to override, is used when congressional adjournment prevents a bill's return.’
    • ‘The use of the pocket veto does extend the president's authority at a domestic level.’


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