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English definition of “cancel out something”

cancel out something

(-l-, -ll-)
verb [I/T] phrasal verb with cancel  /ˈkæn·səl/ (-l-, -ll-) us  
to take away the effect of one thing by doing another thing that has the opposite effect: You can't be creative and critical at the same time – one cancels out the other.
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