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[ US /ˌnəɫəfəˈkeɪʃən/ ]
  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
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How To Use nullification In A Sentence

  • And if you support a no-exceptions statutory ban on torture, what do you think about the use of mechanisms to obviate or get around the law in exceptional cases – prosecutorial discretion, jury nullification, presidential pardon, etc.? The Five Techniques
  • His theories of nullification and state interposition offered a third path between unconditional unionists and secessionists.
  • He's correct that the right of jury nullification trumps any worries about the possible pernicious effects of the drug.
  • Restoring the people's ‘unalienable rights’ may well lie in Jeffersonian interposition and nullification, whereby states beat back the federal occupier by voiding unconstitutional federal laws.
  • Do you believe that the use of prosecutorial discretion, jury nullification, the necessity defense, executive clemency and any other mechanisms that are available to obviate or circumvent criminal statutes is unethical in all cases, without exception? and, uh, things like executive clemency are all firmly within the law. Matthew Yglesias » Conservatives’ Unhinged Attacks on Nancy Pelosi
  • The only thing they have nullified is the purported right of criminal defendants to argue nullification, the idea being that if the jury is to nullify, they must do so of their own independent volition. The Volokh Conspiracy » Deadly Force in Self-Defense Constitutionally Protected, Nondeadly Force Unprotected?
  • Article 16 A partnership enterprise is terminated upon nullification of registration by an enterprise registration organ.
  • Calhoun always portrayed nullification as a process designed to preserve the union, but he himself acknowledged that secession could follow interposition if repeated abuses of the Constitution went uncorrected.
  • I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers Russell Bishop: Could You Just Get Over Your Negativity About Positive Focus?
  • Nullification is a byproduct of the robust right of criminal defendants to a trial by jury.
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