AskDefine | Define nullification

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1 the states'-rights doctrine that a state can refuse to recognize or to enforce a federal law passed by the United States Congress
2 the act of nullifying; making null and void; counteracting or overriding the effect or force of something [syn: override]

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  1. The act of nullifying; a rendering void and of no effect, or of no legal effect.
  2. removal

Extensive Definition

The process of nullification may refer to:
  • Declaring a law to be unconstitutional and have the chance to be nullified or invalidated
  • Declaring a law to be null or void in a jurisdiction, or refusing to enforce a law.
  • The legal theory that a U.S. State has the right to nullify, or invalidate, any federal law which that state has deemed unconstitutional.
  • Jury nullification, a legal term that refers to a jury's right to deliver a verdict in contradiction to written law.
  • Body nullification, the practice of removing body parts.
  • Physical nullification, a hypothesized process which results when ordinary mass/energy encounters "negative" mass/energy. Not to be confused with annihilation which involves anti-matter.

Nullification and attempts at nullification in the US

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