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Definition to declare or show something to be invalid


to make something ineffective by counterbalancing its effect
  • The higher court nullified the ruling.
nullified = invalidated
  • ... 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
  • nullifying = showing it to be invalid
  • said Lady Chettam, a charming woman, not so quick as to nullify the pleasure of explanation.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • 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
  • And if that's not bizarre enough, every record that they set with Antoine on the team has been nullified, too.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • This is a great human law which cannot be permanently nullified.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • 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
  • 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
  • This time the wish was not nullified by his spitting after them.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • 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
  • Their eight years of friendship and love, THE eight years of his life, were nullified.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • That will nullify the entire thing.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • 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
  • 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
  • And even if I could, how would I nullify an enemy's magic?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Could the Fremen have a way of nullifying shields?
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune

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