nullify nul‧li‧fy [ˈnʌlfaɪ] verb nullified PTandPP [transitive]
1. LAW to state officially that something does not have any legal force and is therefore considered not to exist:

• The Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decision of two lower courts and nullified the publisher's contract.

2. to make something lose its effect or value:

• The surtax nullifies the benefit these taxpayers get from the lower, 15% tax rate.

— nullification noun [uncountable] :

• Juries are being encouraged to exercise their nullification power more frequently.

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nullify UK US /ˈnʌlɪfaɪ/ verb [T]
LAW to make a legal agreement or decision no longer have any legal force: »

The airline wants to nullify employees' contracts if no settlement is reached.

to cause something to have no value or effect: »

A suit has been filed against the directors, charging them with conspiring to nullify a shareholder vote.


The US stated that any reductions in greenhouse gases by the West must not be nullified by increased emissions from developing nations.

nullification noun [U]

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • nullify — nul·li·fy / nə lə ˌfī/ vt fied, fy·ing: to make null nullify a contract Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. nullify …   Law dictionary

  • Nullify — Nul li*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nullified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Nullifying}.] [L. nullificare; nullus none + ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Null}, a., and { fy}.] To make void; to render invalid; to deprive of legal force or efficacy. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nullify — (v.) 1590s, from L.L. nullificare to esteem lightly, despise, lit. to make nothing, from L. nullus not any (see NULL (Cf. null)) + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related: Nullified; nullifying …   Etymology dictionary

  • nullify — nullify, negate, annul, abrogate, invalidate in general use are often interchangeable without marked loss. All then mean to deprive of effective or continued existence. One thing nullifies another when it reduces the latter to nothingness or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • nullify — [v] cancel, revoke abate, abolish, abrogate, annihilate, annul, ax, blue pencil*, bring to naught*, call all bets off*, compensate, confine, counteract, counterbalance, countervail, disannul, forget it*, invalidate, kill*, limit, negate,… …   New thesaurus

  • nullify — ► VERB (nullifies, nullified) 1) make null and void. 2) cancel out. DERIVATIVES nullification noun …   English terms dictionary

  • nullify — [nul′ə fī΄] vt. nullified, nullifying [LL(Ec) nullificare, to despise < L nullus, none (see NULL) + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to make legally null; make void; annul 2. to make valueless or useless; bring to nothing 3. to cancel out ☆ nullifi …   English World dictionary

  • nullify — [[t]nʌ̱lɪfaɪ[/t]] nullifies, nullifying, nullified 1) VERB To nullify a legal decision or procedure means to declare that it is not legally valid. [FORMAL] [V n] He used his broad executive powers to nullify decisions by local governments... [V… …   English dictionary

  • nullify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Late Latin nullificare, from Latin nullus Date: 1595 1. to make null; especially to make legally null and void 2. to make of no value or consequence Synonyms: nullify, negate, annul, abrogate, invalidate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nullify — UK [ˈnʌlɪfaɪ] / US [ˈnʌləˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms nullify : present tense I/you/we/they nullify he/she/it nullifies present participle nullifying past tense nullified past participle nullified 1) legal to make something lose its legal… …   English dictionary

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