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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