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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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  • Such actions, if carried out extensively, might well nullify the law.
  • Be prepared to nullify or overturn the results.
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  • The majority of these are passive and therefore nullify your point.
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  • This does not nullify the theory.
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  • Missing class does not nullify a due date.
  • Slight movements by a test subject can nullify the results.
  • Opponents around the country vowed that they would eventually nullify the law through ballots and constitutional amendments.
British Dictionary definitions for nullify


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 nullify

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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