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nullification

[nuhl-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌnʌl ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
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
1620-1630
1620-30; < Late Latin nūllificātiōn- (stem of nūllificātiō) contempt, equivalent to nūllificāt(us) (past participle of nūllificāre to despise) + -iōn- -ion. See nullify
Related forms
nullificationist, nullificator, noun
nonnullification, noun
renullification, noun
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Examples for nullification
  • 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.
  • He warned that radicals might try to burn ballot boxes, risking nullification of the vote.
  • The problem with that is of course that it allows for the principle of nullification.
  • They've been waiting for jury nullification and now they have it.
  • If you were cited for a non-moving violation, you may be eligible for the nullification program.
Word Origin and History for nullification
n.

in U.S. political sense of "a state's refusing to allow a federal law to be enforced," 1798, in Thomas Jefferson; from Late Latin nullificationem (nominative nullificatio) "a making as nothing," from past participle stem of nullificare (see nullify). Related: Nullificationist.

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nullification in Culture

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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