- 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
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1, 2. invalidate, annul, void, cancel.
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Examples from the Web for nullifies
Keep making fun of the Citizens United ruling; that needs 365 24/7 attention until Congress passes a law that nullifies it.#ColbertCash: What Should Stephen Colbert Do With His $1 Million in Super-PAC Money?
Brian Ries, Sam Schlinkert
January 31, 2012
But of the smoke which nullifies and destroys all these things, not a word!Impressions And Comments
On the contrary, warning is given precisely against this treacherous and scandalous restriction which nullifies the commandment.The Kingdom of God is Within You
Count Leo Tolstoy
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.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
This is the opinion of South Carolina; and on the strength of that opinion she nullifies the laws.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
- to render legally void or of no effect
- to render ineffective or useless; cancel out
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
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