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annulment

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noun an·nul·ment \ə-ˈnəl-mənt\

Definition of annulment

  1. 1 :  the act of annulling :  the state of being annulled

  2. 2 :  a judicial or ecclesiastical pronouncement declaring a marriage invalid



Examples of annulment in a sentence

  1. <an annulment of that hastily conceived marriage can't come too soon>



Did You Know?

Annulment usually applies to marriage. In some states an annulment may be carried out by a court ("judicial annulment"), but annulment is generally practiced by a church ("ecclesiastic annulment"), and principally the Roman Catholic Church, which traditionally hasn't permitted divorce. The usual acceptable reason for annulment is a "failure to consummate" the marriage by having children. Unlike a marriage that ends in divorce, an annulled marriage is considered never to have existed. Other things can be annulled as well, including a contract (if one party fails to comply with its terms) or an election (if it wasn't carried out properly).

15th Century

First Known Use of annulment

15th century


Law Dictionary

annulment

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noun an·nul·ment \ə-ˈnəl-mənt\

Legal Definition of annulment

  1. 1 :  the act of annulling :  the state of being annulled

  2. 2 :  a declaration by a court that a marriage is invalid — compare divorce





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