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A.Word.A.Day--vetitive

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This week's theme: yours to discover.

vetitive (VET-i-tiv) adjective

1. Relating to a veto.

2. Having the power to forbid.

[From Latin vetare (to forbid).]

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"The only case in which our executives have a real vetitive power, is the case of pardon, and most unfortunately it is used in an alarming degree, against the supremacy of the law and the stability of the right -- both essential to civil liberty." Francis Lieber; On Civil Liberty and Self-government; 1853.

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