nullify
transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Late Latin nullificare, from Latin nullus Date: 1595 1. to make null; especially to make legally null and void 2. to make of no value or consequence Synonyms: nullify, negate, annul, abrogate, invalidate mean to deprive of effective or continued existence. nullify implies counteracting completely the force, effectiveness, or value of something <
a penalty nullified the touchdown
>
. negate implies the destruction or canceling out of each of two things by the other <
the arguments negate each other
>
. annul suggests making ineffective or nonexistent often by legal or official action <
the treaty annuls all previous agreements
>
. abrogate is like annul but more definitely implies a legal or official act <
a law to abrogate trading privileges
>
. invalidate implies making something powerless or unacceptable by declaration of its logical or moral or legal unsoundness <
the court invalidated the statute
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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