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1. The act of nullifying or the state of being nullified: a referee's nullification of a goal for being scored in violation of a rule.
a. The action by a state not to enforce a federal law as improperly encroaching on the scope of state power.
b. A theory justifying such action.

nul′li·fi·ca′tion·ist n.


(ˌnʌl ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən)

1. an act or instance of nullifying.
2. the state of being nullified.
3. the failure or refusal of a U.S. state to aid in the enforcement of federal laws within its territory.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nullification - the states'-rights doctrine that a state can refuse to recognize or to enforce a federal law passed by the United States Congress
states' rights - a doctrine that federal powers should be curtailed and returned to the individual states
2.nullification - the act of nullifying; making null and void; counteracting or overriding the effect or force of something
change of state - the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
cancellation - the act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
vitiation - nullification by the destruction of the legal force; rendering null; "the vitiation of the contract"
counteraction, neutralisation, neutralization - action intended to nullify the effects of some previous action
neutralization, neutralisation - action intended to keep a country politically neutral or exclude it from a possible war; "the neutralization of Belgium"




[ˌnʌlɪfɪˈkeɪʃən] Nanulación f, invalidación f


Annullierung f, → Aufhebung f
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His presidency vindicated the national government against two foes: Nicholas Biddle's Bank of the United States and the nullificationist state of South Carolina.
849, 892 (2001) (book review) (observing that late nineteenth-century secessionists resurrected the tradition of early nineteenth-century nullificationists and "ultimately replaced the antifederalists as the greatest political losers in American political history").
2) In the years leading up to the Civil War, Southern nullificationists and Northern unionists both invoked the essays, (3) and modern-day proponents and opponents of sweeping executive powers have done so as well.