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[nuhl-uh-fahy] /ˈnʌl əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), nullified, nullifying.
to render or declare legally void or inoperative:
to nullify a contract.
to deprive (something) of value or effectiveness; make futile or of no consequence.
Origin of nullify
1585-95; < Late Latin nūllificāre to despise. See nulli-, -fy
Related forms
nullifier, noun
renullify, verb (used with object), renullified, renullifying.
unnullified, adjective
1, 2. invalidate, annul, void, cancel. Unabridged
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  • Biodiversity nullified the impacts of species specific degradation of the liveable environment.
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  • Perry's defense did little good, and the legislature nullified the order.
  • My advantage in calculating tactics had been nullified by the machine.
  • If people actually accede to the prediction and do something about it, the prediction is nullified.
  • Perhaps the lone juror is not a rogue who nullified federal law.
  • His presidency will be nullified and the usurper will be imprisoned, hanged or deported.
  • They carried signs, calling for the election results to be nullified and alleged vote-rigging to be investigated.
  • The disclaimer is nullified, however, by virtually everything else in the opinion.
British Dictionary definitions for nullified


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to render legally void or of no effect
to render ineffective or useless; cancel out
Derived Forms
nullification, noun
nullifier, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin nullificāre to despise, from Latin nullus of no account + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for nullified



1590s, from Late Latin nullificare "to esteem lightly, despise," literally "to make nothing," from Latin nullus "not any" (see null) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Nullified; nullifying.

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