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Nullification   /nˌələfəkˈeɪʃən/   Listen

The states'-rights doctrine that a state can refuse to recognize or to enforce a federal law passed by the United States Congress.
The act of nullifying; making null and void; counteracting or overriding the effect or force of something.  Synonym: override.

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"Nullification" Quotes from Famous Books

... the statutes in many of the non-slaveholding States, commonly known and called "personal liberty bills," amount in their consequences to a practical nullification of the acts of Congress of February 12th, 1793, and September 18th, 1850, and are in violation of the second section of the fourth article of the Constitution, as before stated. That the spirit of those statutes appears to be repugnant ...
— A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention • Lucius Eugene Chittenden

... most loved and most implicitly followed by friends, and the most dreaded by opponents, of all living American politicians. In all the great questions which have agitated the country, and particularly in those fearful crises, the Missouri question, the nullification question, and the late slavery question, as connected with the newly acquired territory, involving and endangering the stability of the Union, his has been the leading and most conspicuous part. In 1824 he was first a candidate ...
— The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Complete - Constitutional Edition • Abraham Lincoln

Words linked to "Nullification" :   states' rights, override, vitiation, counteraction, cancellation, nullify, change of state, neutralization, neutralisation

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