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nullify

verb nul·li·fy \ˈnə-lə-ˌfī\

: to make (something) legally null

: to cause (something) to lose its value or to have no effect

nul·li·fiednul·li·fy·ing

Full Definition of NULLIFY

transitive verb
1
:  to make null; especially :  to make legally null and void
2
:  to make of no value or consequence

Examples of NULLIFY

  1. The law has been nullified by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  2. The penalty nullified the goal.

Origin of NULLIFY

Late Latin nullificare, from Latin nullus
First Known Use: 1595

Synonym Discussion of NULLIFY

nullify, negate, annul, abrogate, invalidate mean to deprive of effective or continued existence. nullify implies counteracting completely the force, effectiveness, or value of something <a penalty nullified the touchdown>. negate implies the destruction or canceling out of each of two things by the other <the arguments negate each other>. annul suggests making ineffective or nonexistent often by legal or official action <the treaty annuls all previous agreements>. abrogate is like annul but more definitely implies a legal or official act <a law to abrogate trading privileges>. invalidate implies making something powerless or unacceptable by declaration of its logical or moral or legal unsoundness <the court invalidated the statute>.

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