vi·ti·ate /'vi-shē-ˌāt/ vt -at·ed, -at·ing: to make ineffective
fraud vitiate s a contract

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb abolish, abrogate, annul, blight, cancel, counteract, damage, depravare, destroy, disannul, impair, injure, invalidate, make faulty, make imperfect, make impure, make ineffective, make void, mar, negate, negative, neutralize, nullify, overturn, pervert, poison, pollute, quash, render defective, render inefficacious, rescind, reverse, spoil, sully, tamper with, undo, vitiare, weaken foreign phrases:
- Crimen omnia ex se nata vitiat. — Crime vitiates all that is born of it
II index abolish, adulterate, annul, contaminate, corrupt, damage, debase, debauch, degenerate, denature, deteriorate, disable, dissolve (terminate), infect, invalidate, neutralize, nullify, pervert, pollute, revoke, spoil (impair), subvert, sully, taint (corrupt)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To ruin something; to void or annul; to impair something’s effectiveness.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1 To interfere with; to impair; to render null and void; to cause to have no effect.
2 To invalidate either partially or completely.
3 To corrupt morally.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

To impair or make void; to destroy or annul, either completely or partially, the force and effect of an act or instrument.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

To impair or make void; to destroy or annul, either completely or partially, the force and effect of an act or instrument.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • Vitiate — Vi ti*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vitiated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vitiating}.] [L. vitiatus, p. p. vitiare to vitiate, fr. vitium a fault, vice. See {Vice} a fault.] [Written also {viciate}.] 1. To make vicious, faulty, or imperfect; to render… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vitiate — [v1] cancel abate, abolish, abrogate, annihilate, annul, delete, deny, invalidate, negate, nullify, quash, recant, revoke, undermine, undo; concepts 121,317 Ant. schedule, set up vitiate [v2] hurt, corrupt blemish, blight, brutalize, contaminate …   New thesaurus

  • vitiate — [vish′ē āt΄] vt. vitiated, vitiating [< L vitiatus, pp. of vitiare, to vitiate < vitium,VICE1] 1. to make imperfect, faulty, or impure; spoil; corrupt 2. to weaken morally; debase; pervert 3. to make (a contract, or other legal instrument)… …   English World dictionary

  • vitiate — (v.) 1530s, from L. vitiatus, pp. of vitiare to make faulty, injure, spoil, corrupt, from vitium fault, defect, blemish, crime, vice (see VICE (Cf. vice) (1)). Related: Vitiated; vitiating …   Etymology dictionary

  • vitiate — *debase, deprave, corrupt, pervert, debauch Analogous words: pollute, defile, taint, *contaminate: degrade, demean, *abase: impair, spoil, *injure, damage: annul, invalidate, *nullify …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vitiate — ► VERB formal 1) spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of. 2) destroy or impair the legal validity of. ORIGIN Latin vitiare impair …   English terms dictionary

  • vitiate — UK [ˈvɪʃɪeɪt] / US [ˈvɪʃɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms vitiate : present tense I/you/we/they vitiate he/she/it vitiates present participle vitiating past tense vitiated past participle vitiated very formal to make something less effective or …   English dictionary

  • vitiate — vitiation, n. vitiator, n. /vish ee ayt /, v.t., vitiated, vitiating. 1. to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil. 2. to impair or weaken the effectiveness of. 3. to debase; corrupt; pervert. 4. to make legally defective or invalid;… …   Universalium

  • vitiate — [[t]vɪ̱ʃieɪt[/t]] vitiates, vitiating, vitiated VERB If something is vitiated, its effectiveness is spoiled or weakened. [FORMAL] [be V ed] Strategic policy during the War was vitiated because of a sharp division between easterners and westerners …   English dictionary

  • vitiate — vi•ti•ate [[t]ˈvɪʃ iˌeɪt[/t]] v. t. at•ed, at•ing 1) to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil 2) to impair or weaken the effectiveness of 3) to debase; corrupt; pervert 4) law to make legally invalid; invalidate: to vitiate a claim[/ex] •… …   From formal English to slang

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