Right of nullification

the right claimed in behalf of a State to nullify or make void, by its sovereign act or decree, an enactment of the general government which it deems unconstitutional.

See also: Nullification

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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& CRIMINOLOGY 111, 212 (1998) (finding that the approach may have varied from state to state, and that it is difficult to discern whether there was a generally accepted right of nullification in each state).
On behalf of limited self-government, it divided authority between the states and the national government, but it granted states no right of nullification or secession and forbade them to make alliances without the consent of Congress.
Constitutional protection for these distinct cultures requires the right of nullification and secession.