Definition of nullity:
- nonexistence (part of speech: noun)
- zero (part of speech: noun)
- unsubstantiality (part of speech: noun)
In our own country, the Legislature of Pennsylvania passed an act of abolition in 1780, Connecticut in 1784; Rhode Island, 1784; New- York, 1799; New- Jersey, in 1804; Vermont, by Constitution, in 1777; Massachusetts, in 1780; and New- Hampshire, in 1784. When the competency of the law- making power to abolish slavery has thus been recognized every where and for ages, when it has been embodied in the highest precedents, and celebrated in the thousand jubilees of regenerated liberty, is it an achievement of modern discovery, that such a power is a nullity?- "The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus", American Anti-Slavery Society.
- "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.
According to the adverse construction, the clause itself, on which so much care and discussion had been employed by the members of the Convention, was an absolute nullity from the beginning, and all that has since been done under it a mere usurpation.- "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.