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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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Upon closer examination, it becomes possible to view these measures as falling short of invoking the clearly repudiated doctrine of nullification and as capable of contributing under certain conditions to safeguarding federalism principles.
His new book shines much-needed light on the doctrine of nullification.
The Federalist drive to root out political enemies inspired the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, "the most diabolical laws that were ever attempted to be imposed on a free and enlightened people," (7) hardening party lines and prompting Madison and Jefferson to issue the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions enunciating the compact theory of government and doctrine of nullification.