strike down

verb
struck down; struck down also stricken down; striking down; strikes down

Definition of strike down

transitive verb

: annul, nullify the board struck down the appointment especially : to declare (a law) illegal and unenforceable the Supreme Court struck down the law

Examples of strike down in a Sentence

a law that was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court as unconstitutional

First Known Use of strike down

1779, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of strike down was in 1779

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“Strike down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strike%20down. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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strike down

transitive verb

Legal Definition of strike down

: annul, nullify the trustee…can strike down transfers— J. J. White and R. S. Summers especially : to declare (a law) illegal and unenforceable the court struck down death penalty provisions — L. H. Tribe

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