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nullify
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
to declare or show something to be invalid

or:

to make something ineffective by counterbalancing its effect
  • "Who, my dear?" said Lady Chettam, a charming woman, not so quick as to nullify the pleasure of explanation.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (74% in)
  • Hence the mere chance of seeing Will occasionally was like a lunette opened in the wall of her prison, giving her a glimpse of the sunny air; and this pleasure began to nullify her original alarm at what her husband might think about the introduction of Will as her uncle's guest.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (37% in)
  • And though I do not believe that any change in our relations will occur (certainly none has yet occurred) which can nullify the obligations imposed on me by the past, pardon me for not seeing that those obligations should restrain me from using the ordinary freedom of living where I choose, and maintaining myself by any lawful occupation I may choose.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (51% in)
  • Since, thus, the prevision of his own unending bliss could not nullify the bitter savors of irritated jealousy and vindictiveness, it is the less surprising that the probability of a transient earthly bliss for other persons, when he himself should have entered into glory, had not a potently sweetening effect.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (92% in)
  • But he had just heard something from Standish which, while it justified these surmises about Will, offered a means of nullifying all danger with regard to Dorothea.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (91% in)
  • The banker felt that he had done something to nullify one cause of uneasiness, and yet he was scarcely the easier.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (74% in)
  • There was a chorus of adhesion from the more courageous; but Mr. Limp, after taking a draught, placed his flat hands together and pressed them hard between his knees, looking down at them with blear-eyed contemplation, as if the scorching power of Mrs. Dollop's speech had quite dried up and nullified his wits until they could be brought round again by further moisture.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (92% in)

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