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nullify

verb

  1. (cancel)  to declare invalid
    Synonyms: annul, avoid, invalidate, quash, void. Type of: cancel
  2. (contradict)  to show to be invalid
    Synonyms: invalidate. Type of: negate
  3. (weaken)  to make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of
    Synonyms: negate, neutralise [British spelling], neutralize [American/Canadian spelling]. Type of:...

Etymology summary

Late Latin nullificare "to esteem lightly, despise, to make nothing", from Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

nullify | nullification [noun, derived]

to render legally void or of no effect | to render ineffective or useless; cancel out (15 of 414 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nullify

Merriam-Webster:

nullify | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle] | abate [synonym, sense-specific] | abrogate [synonym, sense-specific] | annul [synonym, sense-specific] | avoid [synonym, sense-specific] | cancel [synonym, sense-specific] | disannul [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to make null ; especially, to make legally null and void | to make of no value or consequence (18 of 266 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nullify

Wikipedia:

Nullification [disambiguation]

may refer to: Nullification (U.S. Constitution), a legal theory that a U.S. state has the right to nullify, or invalidate, any federal law that a state has deemed unconstitutional | Nullification Crisis, the 1832 confrontation between the U.S... (37 of 142 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Nullification

Oxford Dictionary:

nullify | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle] | nullifies [3rd-person singular present] | invalidate [synonym, sense-specific] | nullification [derived] | nullifier [derived]

make legally null and void; invalidate | make of no use or value; cancel out (14 of 68 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/nullify

Macmillan British Dictionary:

nullify [transitive] | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle] | nullifies [3rd-person singular present] | nullification [noun, uncountable, related]

[law] to make something lose its legal effect | to make something lose its value or effect (16 of 67 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/nullify

Cambridge Dictionary:

nullify

[formal] to make a legal agreement or decision have no legal force | to cause something to have no value or effect (21 of 45 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nullify

New World Dictionary:

nullify | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle] | nullifier [noun, related]

to make legally null; make void; annul | to make valueless or useless; bring to nothing | to cancel out (18 of 42 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nullify

Random House Dictionary:

nullify | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle]

to render or declare legally void or inoperative. | to deprive (something) of value or effectiveness; make futile or of no consequence. (21 of 34 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/nullify

American Heritage Dictionary:

nullify | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle] | nullifies [3rd-person singular present]

To make null; invalidate. | To counteract the force or effectiveness of. (11 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nullify

Wiktionary:

nullify | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle] | nullifies [3rd-person singular present] | terminate [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive, law] to make legally invalid. | to prevent from happening (10 of 12 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nullify

Encarta Dictionary:

nullify | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle] | nullifies [3rd-person singular present] | nullifier [noun, derived]

to put an end to the effective existence of something | to make something legally invalid or ineffective | to have the effect of canceling something ... (24 of 281 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861684083​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

nullify

First use: 1590s

Origin: Late Latin nullificare "to esteem lightly, despise, to make nothing", from Latin nullus "not any" + root of facere "to make".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=nullify

Collins Dictionary:

nullify

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Late Latin nullificāre to despise, from Latin nullus of no account + facere to make

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nullify

New World Dictionary:

nullify | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle]

Origin: ecclesiastical Late Latin nullificare, to despise from Latin nullus, none (see "null") + facere, to make, "do"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nullify

American Heritage Dictionary:

nullify | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle] | nullifies [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin nūllificāre, to despise: nūllus, none; see ne in Indo-European roots + -ficāre, -fy.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nullify

Merriam-Webster:

nullify | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle]

First use: 1595

Origin: Late Latin nullificare, from Latin nullus

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nullify

Wiktionary:

nullify | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle] | nullifies [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: null + -ify.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nullify

null | nulls [plural] | nulled [past tense] | nulling [present participle]

Origin: Middle French nul, from Latin nullus.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/null

-ify

Origin: French -ifier, from Latin -ificere, from linking vowel i + verb ficere, "make" or "do", combining form of facere.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ify

Audio references

Wiktionary:

nullify | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle] | nullifies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nullify"

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Collins Dictionary:

nullify

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nullify"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nullify

Macmillan British Dictionary:

nullify [transitive] | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle] | nullifies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "nullify"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/nullify

Macmillan American Dictionary:

nullify [transitive] | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle] | nullifies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "nullify"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/nullify

Cambridge Dictionary:

nullify

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "nullify"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "nullify"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nullify

the Free Dictionary:

nullify

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "nullify"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "nullify" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

nullify | nullified [past tense] | nullifying [present participle] | nullifies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "nullify"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

nullify

Audio: North American pronunciation of "nullify"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=nullif​04 word=nullify

YourDictionary Audio:

nullify

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nullify" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

nullify

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nullify" by speech synthesizer

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