- a nullifying or being nullified
- in U.S. history, the refusal of a state to recognize or enforce within its territory any federal law held to be an infringement on its sovereignty
Origin of nullificationEcclesiastical Late Latin nullificatio, a despising
- The act of nullifying or the state of being nullified: a referee's nullification of a goal for being scored in violation of a rule.
- a. The action by a state not to enforce a federal law as improperly encroaching on the scope of state power.b. A theory justifying such action.
- See jury nullification.
nullification - Legal Definition
The act or condition of negating the existence of a law, performed by individuals acting in a public capacity (for example, a jury) or by one level of government opposing the laws of another.jury nullification
A jury’s verdict of “not guilty” despite overwhelming evidence of guilt, often in the face of the jury’s collective belief of this guilt, because of its perception that the law is being immorally or improperly applied to the defendant; in other words, the jury nullifies the law because it believes the defendant has been unfairly treated.