Origin of nullification
OTHER WORDS FROM nullificationnul·li·fi·ca·tion·ist, nul·li·fi·ca·tor, nounnon·nul·li·fi·ca·tion, nounre·nul·li·fi·ca·tion, noun
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How to use nullification in a sentence
Calhoun supported state nullification of federal laws and gave a speech to Congress titled “Slavery as a Positive Good.”
This behavior is so unprecedented that neutral observers have likened it to nullification and other anti-majoritarian tactics.
His later acquittal was my reintroduction to jury nullification, which I will discuss further in a moment.Not This Again: The Ghost of Past Injustices, From the Draft Riots to Trayvon|Herb Boyd|July 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I oppose nullification by states of duly passed laws of Congress.
His point being I guess that nullification wasn't limited to the South.
We will not give up our forms of political speech to the grammarians of the school of nullification.
It threatens his whole doctrine of compact, and its darling derivatives, nullification and secession, with instant confutation.
Does he not see how cogently he might be asked, whether it be the character of nullification to practise what it preaches?
And so this doctrine, running but a short career, like other dogmas of the day, terminates in nullification.
Since the days of Andrew Jackson the word "nullification" has had an ugly and dangerous sound.Humanly Speaking|Samuel McChord Crothers
Cultural definitions for nullification
The doctrine that states can set aside federal laws. Urged in the late 1820s by John C. Calhoun, nullification precipitated a crisis between Calhoun and President Andrew Jackson. The doctrine was foreshadowed by Thomas Jefferson's draft of the Kentucky Resolutions. (See Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions.)