nul·​li·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌnə-lə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce nullification (audio) \

Definition of nullification

1 : the act of nullifying : the state of being nullified
2 : the action of a state impeding or attempting to prevent the operation and enforcement within its territory of a law of the U.S.

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nullificationist \ ˌnə-​lə-​fə-​ˈkā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce nullificationist (audio) \ noun

Examples of nullification in a Sentence

an act aimed at curbing sedition that was perhaps the most serious attempt at nullification of freedom of the press in the nation's history

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The defeat of a Supreme Court nominee on this basis would be a victory for a level of conscious political nullification not seen in the U.S. for a long time. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "What Democrats Have Become," 19 Sep. 2018 France and Germany, whose leaders visited Washington, D.C., in recent weeks to appeal to Trump, have warned that nullification of the agreement could lead to all-out war in the Middle East. Author: Karen Deyoung, Anne Gearan, David Nakamura, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump expected dump Iran nuclear deal," 8 May 2018 That’s the perfect nullification of the logic of identity politics. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Ezra and Sam Harris debate race, IQ, identity politics, and much more.," 9 Apr. 2018 The fact that the media has criticized Trump so constantly and so uniformly from day one is perceived as a fundamental unfairness, a nullification of what so many see as their victory. Ken Stern, The Hive, "“We’re Not Trying to Save the World; We’re Just Living in It”: Deep in Trump Country, They Are Still Grappling with Trump," 27 Mar. 2018 The union has asked for nullification of the board vote and preservation of employee contracts at Stewart. Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, "SAISD to vote Monday to contract out a school to a charter network," 17 Mar. 2018 Shortly after President Trump signed the tax reform into law, Rep. Josh Gottheimer concocted a nullification plan. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "New Jersey Lawmakers Try to Fool the Federal Taxman," 16 Mar. 2018 One hears activists and a few officials even talk of nullification and secession. Mensah M. Dean,, "AG Jeff Sessions talks Lincoln and justice at Philly's Union League," 12 Feb. 2018 Still, nullification offers something more satisfying than catharsis or schadenfreude. Daniel Gross, Slate Magazine, "Trump Has a Nullification Crisis," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of nullification

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nullification was in 1798

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nul·​li·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌnə-lə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce nullification (audio) \

Legal Definition of nullification

: the act of nullifying : the state of being nullified — see also jury nullification

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