nullification

[nuhl-uh-fi-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
an act or instance of nullifying.
2.
the state of being nullified.
3.
(often initial capital letter) the failure or refusal of a U.S. state to aid in enforcement of federal laws within its limits, especially on Constitutional grounds.

Origin:
1620–30; < Late Latin nūllificātiōn- (stem of nūllificātiō) contempt, equivalent to nūllificāt(us) (past participle of nūllificāre to despise) + -iōn- -ion. See nullify

nullificationist, nullificator, noun
nonnullification, noun
renullification, noun
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nullify (ˈnʌlɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to render legally void or of no effect
2.  to render ineffective or useless; cancel out
 
[C16: from Late Latin nullificāre to despise, from Latin nullus of no account + facere to make]
 
nullifi'cation
 
n
 
'nullifier
 
n

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nullification definition


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.)

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Example sentences
It was prepared for the express purpose of inaugurating the treasonable
  doctrine of nullification.
But none of these compare to the mindless nullification of these thumb-sucking
  stooges.
The truly unified field must be a nullification of all energy, without any
  space or time whatsoever.
It was the frontal clash of two ideas, a collision between the possibility of
  human freedom and its nullification.
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