Meaning of “cancel out something” in the English Dictionary

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"cancel out something" in American English

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cancel out something

-l-, -ll-
phrasal verb with cancel us /ˈkæn·səl/ verb [ I/T ] -l-, -ll-

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.

(Definition of “cancel out something” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)