Definition of nullify in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnʌlɪfʌɪ/

verb (nullifies, nullifying, nullified)

[with object]
1Make legally null and void; invalidate: judges were unwilling to nullify government decisions
More example sentences
  • Contributory negligence could reduce the monetary quantification of the defendant's liability, but it cannot legally or logically nullify it.
  • And the organizations say that some 300 farms are remaining because they say the evictions are invalid or have been nullified by court orders.
  • ‘When you withhold funds from enforcing a decision of the Supreme Court, you are in fact nullifying a decision of the Supreme Court,’ she told reporters.
annul, declare null and void, render null and void, void, invalidate, render invalid;
countermand, veto, dissolve, cast aside, do away with, bring to an end, terminate, quash, obliterate;
Law  vacate
archaic recall
rare disannul
1.1Make of no use or value; cancel out: insulin can block the release of the hormone and thereby nullify the effects of training
More example sentences
  • An age might have to elapse before there can be any returns on capital in the form of scarce minerals in minable quantities, the costs of whose transportation alone might nullify their value.
  • If the combined effect is less than the sum of the individual effects, the relative interaction is ameliorative, competitive or the effects are said to cancel or nullify one another.
  • While it is true that games offering over 100% payback are rare outside Nevada, this does not nullify the value of a strategy.
cancel out, neutralize, negate, render ineffective, make of no use or value
rare negative



Pronunciation: /nʌlɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • On the other hand, faced with the fate of universally inescapable destruction and nullification, we may yet finally find a way to confront it together and to find a way to coexist with all others.
  • Nonetheless, while I do see some quite powerful arguments in favor of jury nullification, and while I am not opposed to it, I do wonder whether there are some important practical difficulties with it.
  • Surely, the Founders would be appalled by a popularly-elected Senate, a check on democratic majoritarianism and federal power they thought much more important than judicial nullification.


Example sentences
  • In his eagerness to draw a connection between Jeffersonian states' righters, nullifiers, and secessionists, McDonald downplays the Jeffersonians' democratic commitments and casts southern secessionists as ‘libertarians.’
  • He suggests that it was this ‘singular history and political culture’ that produced the rabid fire-eater proslavery advocates and nullifiers 150 years later.
  • Disillusioned nullifiers began to envision an independent southern nation taking shape, united in the defense of slavery.

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