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nullify
used in Black Like Me

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Definition
to declare or show something to be invalid

or:

to make something ineffective by counterbalancing its effect
  • Racists showed high ingenuity in developing schemes to destroy a man's reputation as a means of nullifying his work.
  • The transition was complete from the white boy reading a book about Negroes in the safety of his white living room to an old Negro man in the Alabama swamps, his existence nullified by men but reaffirmed by nature, in his functions, in his affection.
  • They are intent, like the other members of the community, upon doing everything within their power to nullify the picture of the loud, the brassy, the pushy and "successful" Negro; The long talk with the Reverend Samuel Williams in his living room.
  • A major civil rights bill was passed in 1964, and if it was controversial, it at least nullified a lot of local discriminatory ordinances.

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