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adjective \ˈvȯid\

Simple Definition of void

  • law : having no legal force or effect

  • : not containing anything

Full Definition of void

  1. 1 a :  not occupied :  vacant <a void bishopric> b :  not inhabited :  deserted

  2. 2 :  containing nothing <void space>

  3. 3 :  idle, leisure

  4. 4 a :  being without something specified :  devoid <a nature void of all malice> b :  having no members or examples; specifically of a suit :  having no cards represented in a particular hand

  5. 5 :  vain, useless

  6. 6 a :  of no legal force or effect :  null <a void contract> b :  voidable

void·ness noun

Examples of void

  1. This sales offer is void where prohibited by law.

  2. <an agreement is void if obtained by force>

Origin of void

Middle English voyde, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *vocitus, alteration of Latin vocivus, vacivus empty, from vacare to be empty

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of void

empty, vacant, blank, void, vacuous mean lacking contents which could or should be present. empty suggests a complete absence of contents <an empty bucket>. vacant suggests an absence of appropriate contents or occupants <a vacant apartment>. blank stresses the absence of any significant, relieving, or intelligible features on a surface <a blank wall>. void suggests absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine <a statement void of meaning>. vacuous suggests the emptiness of a vacuum and especially the lack of intelligence or significance <a vacuous facial expression>.

Rhymes with void




Simple Definition of void

  • : a large empty space

Full Definition of void

  1. 1 a :  opening, gap b :  empty space :  emptiness, vacuum

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being without something :  lack, absence

  3. 3 :  a feeling of want or hollowness

  4. 4 :  absence of cards of a particular suit in a hand originally dealt to a player

Examples of void

  1. the great voids between galaxies

  2. <a repressed memory that left a huge void in her recollection of her adolescent years>


First Known Use of void





Simple Definition of void

  • law : to make (something) invalid : to say that (something) is no longer in effect

Full Definition of void

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make empty or vacant :  clear b archaic :  vacate, leave

  3. 2 :  discharge, emit

  4. 3 :  nullify, annul

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to eliminate solid or liquid waste from the body

void·er noun

Examples of void

  1. The judge voided the contract.

  2. Any unauthorized repairs will void the warranty.

Origin of void

Middle English, from Anglo-French voider (Old French of Île-de-France vuider) Vulgar Latin *vocitare, from *vocitus

First Known Use: 14th century

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb \ˈvȯid\

Medical Definition of void

  1. :  to discharge or emit <void urine>

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to eliminate solid or liquid waste from the body <frequent voiding>

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February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

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