pocket-veto

pocket veto

noun
1.
a veto of a bill brought about by the president's failure to sign it within ten days of the adjournment of Congress.
2.
a similar action on the part of any legislative executive.

Origin:
1835–45, Americanism

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pocket-veto

[pok-it-vee-toh]
verb (used with object), pocket-vetoed, pocket-vetoing.
to veto (a bill) by exercising a pocket veto.
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pocket veto
 
n
1.  the action of the President in retaining unsigned a bill passed by Congress within the last ten days of a session and thus causing it to die
2.  any similar action by a state governor or other chief executive

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pocket veto definition


An automatic veto of a bill that occurs if the president or governor neither signs nor vetoes a bill within ten days of receiving it — as long as the legislature adjourns during that period. If the legislature convenes during that period, the bill will automatically become law. A pocket veto cannot be overridden by the legislature, though the bill can be reintroduced at the next legislative session.

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