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 nullification (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 So far, Arizona and Montana have enacted similar nullification measures this year, according to The Associated Press. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas bill nullifying federal gun restrictions, explained," 29 Apr. 2021 The proposal is similar to a wave of federal nullification bills backed by Republicans in statehouses around the country. al, "Alabama lawmakers advance gun measures opposed by law enforcement," 27 Apr. 2021 Prior legislative attempts at nullification have run afoul of that clause. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Eagle River state lawmaker proposes to ignore some federal laws and orders," 15 Apr. 2021 This isn't quite John C. Calhoun nullification, in the sense that the legislation wouldn't try to supercede federal law. Arkansas Online, "Not nullification," 3 Apr. 2021 It eventually was struck down in court, but several states still followed with their own nullification measures. Lindsay Whitehurst, chicagotribune.com, "As gun sales set records nationwide, GOP state lawmakers seek to nullify federal gun limits," 4 Mar. 2021 Most of the latest crop of federal nullification proposals focus on police officers inside their states who primarily enforce state rather than federal laws. Lindsay Whitehurst, chicagotribune.com, "As gun sales set records nationwide, GOP state lawmakers seek to nullify federal gun limits," 4 Mar. 2021 There certainly is precedent for doing so — for nullification rather than declaring innocence. Noah Millman, TheWeek, "Trump's acquittal is not foreordained," 12 Feb. 2021 If so, Missouri would be among a dozen states that adopted federal gun regulation nullification bills during the Obama administration, particularly between 2010-13. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Missouri lawmakers race to be first to ‘nullify’ federal gun laws imposed by Biden administration," 4 Feb. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Nullification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nullification. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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