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The higher court nullified the ruling.
  to declare or show something to be invalid


to make something ineffective by counterbalancing its effect
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  • The higher court nullified the ruling.
  • ... but it was too feeble to nullify the pleasure he felt in being praised.
    Eliot, George  --  Adam Bede
  • one of the statements appeared in a somewhat different context, thereby nullifying the contradiction.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • An irrational hope that if I don’t find the day then the day won’t find me, that the things in the night will be nullified.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four

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  • And if that’s not bizarre enough, every record that they set with Antoine on the team has been nullified, too.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • Pierre often indulged in reflections of this sort, nullifying all his decisions and intentions.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And even if I could, how would I nullify an enemy’s magic?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The union would have nullified the church’s claim as the sole vessel through which man could understand God.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • One of the surprising side effects of the artificial metal, Flamel said, is its ability to nullify even the most powerful magics.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • The ’M & M’ In ’M & M ENTERPRISES’ stood for Milo & Minderbinder, and the & was inserted, Milo revealed candidly, to nullify any impression that the syndicate was a one-man operation.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • This is a great human law which cannot be permanently nullified.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Could the Fremen have a way of nullifying shields?
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It didn’t help that Alice’s abilities were nullified by the Quileutes’ involvement.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Racists showed high ingenuity in developing schemes to destroy a man’s reputation as a means of nullifying his work.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • But Bertha nullified this to a degree, by coming to Delia’s house to call Sykes out to her at the gate.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Sweat
  • The good, say the mystics of spirit, is God, a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man’s power to conceive-a definition that invalidates man’s consciousness and nullifies his concepts of existence.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • …Stephen would have attained the maximum postdiluvian age of 70 Bloom, being 1190 years alive having been born in the year 714, would have surpassed by 221 years the maximum antediluvian age, that of Methusalah, 969 years, while, if Stephen would continue to live until he would attain that age in the year 3072 A.D., Bloom would have been obliged to have been alive 83,300 years, having been obliged to have been born in the year 81,396 B.C. What events might nullify these calculations?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • This time the wish was not nullified by his spitting after them.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • This was the sight that had drawn her to start the Fugees in the first place, two years back, on a lark and with little appreciation for what she was getting herself into: a group of refugee boys who had survived the unimaginable, strangers now in an unfamiliar land, playing the game with passion, focus, and grace that seemed, for a brief moment anyway, to nullify the effects of whatever misfortune they had experienced in the past.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • If there is inarticulateness behind it, articulateness is nullified by the immobility of the face itself; if hope or yearning, neither hope nor yearning show.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • That will nullify the entire thing.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Their eight years of friendship and love, THE eight years of his life, were nullified.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • In them the primitive had long ago been swept aside, been submerged by mechanization, been swamped by scientific development, been nullified by the standardized pattern of the white man’s way of life.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • The exultation he might have felt at what that implied, or seemed to imply, was nullified by his intention, and he rested rigid till he began: "I have never told you—"
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • His isolation from either political party, and the antagonisms which he aroused, practically nullified the impact of his own independent and scholarly propositions.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • In the featureless electric faces of bulbs hung on the dredges, cranes, cables, the rain looked like nothing either and was nullified.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • In a few seconds, Woolf and Seabiscuit had stolen the track from him, nullifying his post-position edge and his legendary early speed.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • However he had nullified the force of the enchantment by prayer, and had killed my thirteen knights in a three hours’ battle, and taken me prisoner, sparing my life in order that so strange a curiosity as I was might be exhibited to the wonder and admiration of the king and the court.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • "Who, my dear?" said Lady Chettam, a charming woman, not so quick as to nullify the pleasure of explanation.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He experienced not only the bitterness of a man who finds, in looking back upon an ambitious course, that what he has sacrificed in sentiment was worth as much as what he has gained in substance; but the superadded bitterness of seeing his very recantation nullified.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • To let her parents know that she was a deserted wife, dependent, now that she had relieved their necessities, on her own hands for a living, after the eclat of a marriage which was to nullify the collapse of the first attempt, would be too much indeed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Within thesoul, within the body social, there must be—if we are to experience long survival—a continuous "recurrence of birth" (palingenesia) to nullify the unremitting recurrences of death.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • She was thinking that this would certainly demonstrate her control over him to all those others, seeing that it nullified Miss Phant’s invitation.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • All life was transmitted into terms of their love, all experience, all desires, all ambitions, were nullified—their senses of humor crawled into corners to sleep; their former love-affairs seemed faintly laughable and scarcely regretted juvenalia.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • I listened, vaguely knowing now that I had committed some awful wrong that I could not undo, that I had uttered words I could not recall even though I ached to nullify them, kill them, turn back time to the moment before I had talked so that I could have another chance to save myself.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Then, after hours of clear reasoning and firm conviction, we snatch at any sophistry that will nullify our long struggles, and bring us the defeat that we love better than victory.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • …doll’s face and liquid eyes which gazed at me so serenely and so long that, surely, I must have been forgotten; the eyes must be seeing something other than me as I lay there on the floor dreaming; something other than the clumsy universe surrounding me, which was now marked off and nullified by someone who had suffered in it, someone who had suffered always, but who was not seeming to suffer now, listening as it were to the tinkling of a toy music box, putting a hand on the toy clock.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Krupkin’s strategy for a KGB assault team in civilian clothes had been nullified by the first burst from the Jackal’s weapon.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Arthur had felt a twinge of conscience during Mr. Poyser’s speech, but it was too feeble to nullify the pleasure he felt in being praised.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • He merely added that, to decide the point, we should need first to ascertain if a Genius of Plague actually existed, and our ignorance on this point nullified any opinions we might form.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Written in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts, Jefferson’s Kentucky Resolutions declared that each state had a "natural right" to nullify federal actions it deemed unconstitutional.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Nullify thy will before His will that He may nullify the will of others before thy will.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Nullify thy will before His will that He may nullify the will of others before thy will.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • One day, bitterly reading and commenting upon the names of each member of the Legislature, he stopped when he came to the "D’s" and said he smelled a Nullifier.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Nothing could nullify it, nothing could take it away; it was almost their belief in life.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • It nullifies gravity within certain limits prescribed by relative mass and energy consumption.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • If one of these is lost or stolen, it’s reported instantly and the internal codes are nullified.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • It would probably be better to ask for a change of venue so as to nullify the force of such a prejudice.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • I pitied him and did not argue with him, for I knew that persuasion would not nullify his fears.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • I possess the raw power that can nullify your magic.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
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