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

Mutual mistake or Fraud, for example, might vitiate a contract.

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to destroy the force or legal effect of, for example, a deed.
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Birks and Chambers reasoned from this vitiation of intention to conclude that, in many cases of unjust enrichment, the enrichment received by the defendant should be held on resulting trust for the claimant.
In addition, oxygen vitiation could be produced in the fire area and the effects of CO could be exacerbated by C[O.sub.2] at higher concentrations.
We would have to say that vitiation, the kind of interference that such structures enable, is not only a distinctive type of hindrance but also a distinctive type of wrong, a wrong independent from and irreducible to the wrong of invasion.
The general causative factors for vitiation of Vata dosha are consumption of dry, cold or stale food, irregular sleeping habits, suppression of natural urges, exposure to severe cold and dry weather and exposure to strong airA[degrees]conditioning.
"I have never asked any player, particularly forward Shakeel Abbasi, to skip fasting and he (Abbasi) has been withdrawn from the training camp owing to code of conduct and in vitiation of discipline," he told media men at a news conference to high light his stance on fasting of players during training camp.
The ability to commit White-Collar crime vitiates with vitiation of power at the disposal of the perpetrator.
The act of vitiation augured by such dissonance effectively suspends Buddhism's network of postulation, thereby devitalizing Buddhism's charism.
As prospects for the restitution of the political and cultural autonomy and martial prowess upon which the traditional masculine norms had relied became ever more distant, the tradition preserved the masculine ideal through a variety of strategies: lamenting its destruction, displacing it onto long-awaited Jacobite forces, or, later, by displacing responsibility for its betrayal and humiliating vitiation onto women, or onto Ireland in the form of a woman.
(153.) The Administration has begun publicly discussing what the end of the conflict with al-Qaeda would involve, laying the groundwork for the eventual vitiation of the government's authority to detain.
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Indeed, an inadequate military institution may be worse than none at all." (48) Feaver is correct, but many analysts today incorrectly surmise that defense reduction equals "vitiation." Arbitrary, across-the-board cuts in DOD are unwise; what they may give in "fairness" to all branches and programs they may cost in real capability and result in a truly hollow force.
However, each minimization of the meaning of these control mechanisms that are available to the opposition is only vitiation of democracy and making the regime stronger, especially if this is carried out by so-called "independent" experts, who are asked for advisability of undertaking such steps against the government.