annulment


an·nul·ment

noun \ə-ˈnəl-mənt\

Definition of ANNULMENT

1
:  the act of annulling :  the state of being annulled
2
:  a judicial or ecclesiastical pronouncement declaring a marriage invalid

Examples of ANNULMENT

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

First Known Use of ANNULMENT

15th century

annulment

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Legal invalidation of a marriage. It announces the invalidity of a marriage that was void from its inception. It is to be distinguished from dissolution or divorce. To justify annulment, the marriage contract must have a defect (e.g., incompetence of one party because of age, insanity, or a preexisting marriage). Continued absence of one party may also justify annulment. Generally, annulment is easier if the marriage is unconsummated. Both secular law and Christian canon law have annulment procedures.

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