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nullity

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noun nul·li·ty \ˈnə-lə-tē\

Definition of nullity

plural

nullities

  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of being null; especially :  legal invalidity b (1) :  nothingness; also :  insignificance (2) :  a mere nothing :  nonentity

  2. 2 :  one that is null; specifically :  an act void of legal effect

  3. 3 :  the number of elements in a basis of a null-space



Examples of nullity in a sentence

  1. <that tiny country's ambassador from the U.S. is usually some nullity who happens to be a friend or supporter of the current president>

  2. <one of the basic themes of the theater of the absurd is the essential nullity of human existence>



1570

First Known Use of nullity

1570


Law Dictionary

nullity

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noun nul·li·ty \ˈnə-lə-tē\

Legal Definition of nullity

plural

nullities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being null

  2. 2 :  an act, proceeding, or contract void of legal effect — compare impediment absolute nullity in the civil law of Louisiana :  a contract or act considered void by virtue of a transgression of the public order, interest, law, or morals <a bigamous marriage is an absolute nullityLouisiana Civil Code>; also :  the quality or state of such a nullity Editor's note: A marriage that is an absolute nullity does not have to be annulled to terminate its legal effects (as property rights). relative nullity in the civil law of Louisiana :  a nullity that can be cured by confirmation because the object involved is considered valid; also :  the quality or state of such a nullity Editor's note: A contract that is a relative nullity may be annulled and the parties restored to their original positions. A marriage that is a relative nullity must be annulled to terminate the legal effects (as property rights) of the marriage.





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