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Which is the correct answer for the following test question.

Expired passports are ..... so that they cannot be used.

1.Invalidated

2.Nullified

I saw both words can be used on the Internet.So I want to ask if this question legitimate? If it is , what is the reason to pick out one another.

Only thing I spot on the internet that maybe

Expired passports are invalidated but Stolen/ Lost passports are nullified.

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  • "Cancelled" is another possibility.
    – Adam
    Commented Nov 7, 2015 at 16:32

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The correct answer would be invalidated but the reasoning is quite subtle. Invalidated would implies the passport changes status from a valid one to an invalid one.

Nullify means to make into null, or nothing, a void. The passport still exists so cannot be said to have been nullified. One could nullify an action, such as nullifying a false vote, but we would not normally say we had nullified an object.

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