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[nuhl-uh-fahy] /ˈnʌl əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), nullified, nullifying.
to render or declare legally void or inoperative:
to nullify a contract.
to deprive (something) of value or effectiveness; make futile or of no consequence.
Origin of nullify
First recorded in 1585-95, nullify is from the Late Latin word nūllificāre to despise. See nulli-, -fy
Related forms
nullifier, noun
renullify, verb (used with object), renullified, renullifying.
unnullified, adjective
1, 2. invalidate, annul, void, cancel. Unabridged
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  • But of the smoke which nullifies and destroys all these things, not a word!

    Impressions And Comments Havelock Ellis
  • On the contrary, warning is given precisely against this treacherous and scandalous restriction which nullifies the commandment.

  • Whether this upsets a theory, nullifies a sentimental protest, or merely stands as an exception, I should not dare guess.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • This nullifies the treaty in all that relates to fugitive slaves guilty of crimes against their masters.

  • This is the opinion of South Carolina; and on the strength of that opinion she nullifies the laws.

  • The present constitution of the state, adopted in 1901, nullifies this fundamental condition.

  • A great dream or ambition in life often obviates personal ailments and nullifies their potency.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
  • Sectarianism in education stultifies and robs the child and nullifies the finest national instincts in education.

  • One sees at a glance the consequences of this theory, which nullifies the legitimacy of the last Bourbons.

    Legends of the Bastille Frantz Funck-Brentano
British Dictionary definitions for nullifies


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to render legally void or of no effect
to render ineffective or useless; cancel out
Derived Forms
nullification, noun
nullifier, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin nullificāre to despise, from Latin nullus of no account + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for nullifies



1590s, from Late Latin nullificare "to esteem lightly, despise," literally "to make nothing," from Latin nullus "not any" (see null) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Nullified; nullifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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