Nullification



[nuhl-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌnʌl ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/

noun
1.
an act or instance of .
2.
the state of being .
3.
(often initial capital letter) the failure or refusal of a U.S. state to aid in enforcement of federal laws within its limits, especially on Constitutional grounds.
n.

in U.S. political sense of “a state’s refusing to allow a federal law to be enforced,” 1798, in Thomas Jefferson; from Late Latin nullificationem (nominative nullificatio) “a making as nothing,” from past participle stem of nullificare (see nullify). Related: Nullificationist.

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.)

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