nullification[nul′ə fi kā′s̸hən]
nullification definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Ecclesiastical Late Latin nullificatio, a despising
nullification definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act of nullifying.b. The state of being nullified.
- Refusal or failure of a U.S. state to recognize or enforce a federal law within its boundaries.
- nulˌli·fi·caˈtion·ist noun
nullification - Cultural Definition
The doctrine that states can set aside federal laws. Urged in the late 1820s by John C. Calhoun, nullification precipitated a crisis between Calhoun and President Andrew Jackson. The doctrine was foreshadowed by Thomas Jefferson's draft of the Kentucky Resolutions. (See Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions.)
nullification - Legal Definition