to decrease in force or intensity. to become defeated or become null or void (as of a writ or appeal). to decrease in amount or value. to put an end to. NULLIFY sense 1. to reduce in degree or intensity: MODERATE. to reduce in value or amount: to make less especially by way of relief. DEDUCT, OMIT. to beat down or cut away so as to leave a figure in relief. obsolete: BLUNT. DEPRIVE sense 1.