nullification

noun
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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Other Words from nullification

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
Recent Examples on the Web This idea is related to his belief in nullification theory, which is the idea that a state can void federal laws. Christian K. Anderson, The Conversation, "Authorities are yanking the legacy of slaveholder John C. Calhoun from public sphere, but his bigotry remains embedded in American society," 26 June 2020 If there are procedural hiccups, Mr Mutharika may use them as an excuse to get his supporters onto the streets and to ask the courts for another nullification. The Economist, "Wigged men v Big Man A court in Malawi tries to guarantee a fair election," 20 June 2020 Lawmakers in a handful of big states have proposed such nullifications, which Mr. Schnitzer said would likely be subject to a constitutional challenge. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "Coronavirus Costs Weigh on Travelers’ Profit," 21 Apr. 2020 As a result, we here by order nullification of the elections. Rabson Kondowe, Quartz Africa, "Malawi’s constitutional court has annulled its presidential election results seven months later," 3 Feb. 2020 Democrats often brush off these nullification efforts as scare tactics to rile up voters who are passionate about guns. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Maricopa County could become a Second Amendment sanctuary. Here's what that means.," 25 Feb. 2020 However, following the nullification, this means Chilima is now again the vice president. Rabson Kondowe, Quartz Africa, "Malawi’s constitutional court has annulled its presidential election results seven months later," 3 Feb. 2020 In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court said the nullification of Baca's vote was unconstitutional. Pete Williams, NBC News, "Faithless elector: A court ruling just changed how we pick our president," 21 Aug. 2019 The bill also provides for expungement — the nullification of lower-level cannabis possession convictions — and funding for minority neighborhoods hit hardest by prosecution of marijuana possession. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Countdown begins to Jan. 1 after Pritzker signs bill making marijuana legal in Illinois," 25 June 2019

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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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30 Jun 2020

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“Nullification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nullification. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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nullification

noun
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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