nullify nullify  /ˈnə lə ˌfaɪ/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) declare invalid
  2. (v) show to be invalid
  3. (v) make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. It wasn't enough for us to nullify disabling conditions and get to zero.
  2. By petitioning for a referendum on a newly enacted law, a mere 5% of Michigan's voters can nullify that law until the next general election, which in this case will be in 1968.
  3. Sotomayor was on the three-judge panel that okayed New Haven's decision to nullify the tests.

News

  1. States continuing efforts to nullify federal gun control laws

    States are increasingly adopting laws that purport to nullify federal laws — setting up intentional legal conflicts, directing local police not to enforce federal laws and, in rare cases, even threatening criminal charges for federal agents who dare to do their jobs. Read more
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Columbia Missourian

  2. States' efforts to invalidate federal laws gain momentum

    Recent legislation in Missouri is perhaps the most extreme example of a states' rights movement that has been spreading across the nation. States are increasingly adopting laws that purport to nullify federal laws — setting up intentional legal conflicts, directing local police not to enforce federal laws and, in rare cases, even threatening criminal charges for federal agents who dare to do ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The Oregonian

  3. Federal nullification efforts mounting in states

    Extreme Missouri legislation intended to nullify federal laws gaining momentum.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Abilene Reporter-News

Quotes

  1. "The NRA will work to ensure this constitutional victory is not transformed into a practical defeat by activist judges, defiant city councils, or cynical politicians who seek to pervert, reverse, or nullify the Supreme Court's McDonald decision...
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Wayne LaPierre Source: CBS News

  2. Still Bashir wrote, "Proposals that tend to amend, nullify or suspend any article of the DPA will not be acceptable as it may reopen discussions over issues that were previously settled without difficulty."
    on Mar 9, 2007 By: Omar al-Bashir Source: Reuters UK

  3. "I'd like to say frankly that Iraq's Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani cannot nullify any contract the Kurdistan government has concluded with the foreign companies," the semiautonomous region's prime minister, Nechirvan Barzani, told AP...
    on Nov 26, 2007 By: Nechirvan Barzani Source: Forbes

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