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.

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 And Texas’s insistence that no party can bring a suit challenging S.B. 8 amounts to an assertion that the federal courts are powerless to halt the state’s ongoing nullification of federal law. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2021 These courtroom extremists have accomplished this destruction by transforming prosecutorial discretion into prosecutorial nullification. Tom Cotton, National Review, 19 July 2021 John Marshall was sure the nullification crisis of 1832-33 meant the end. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 2 July 2021 However, in addition to explicit nullification of competing state laws, the NCAA wants a variety of other considerations, including protection from antitrust lawsuits related to athlete compensation. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 What is fascinating is that an example offered by the Talmud concerning nullification is a vow made by God. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 6 July 2021 His office did not respond to a question about the administration’s view of nullification, the principle that a state can overrule the federal government. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Apr. 2021 Federal nullification bills have been introduced in more than a dozen other states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wyoming, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and Iowa. Lindsay Whitehurst,, 4 Mar. 2021 So far, Arizona and Montana have enacted similar nullification measures this year, according to The Associated Press. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, 29 Apr. 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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Legal Definition of nullification

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


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