an·​nul | \ ə-ˈnəl How to pronounce annul (audio) \
annulled; annulling

Definition of annul

transitive verb

1 : to declare or make legally invalid or void wants the marriage annulled His title to the estate was annulled.
2 : to reduce to nothing : obliterate
3 : to make ineffective or inoperative : neutralize annul a drug's effect

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nullify, negate, annul, abrogate, invalidate mean to deprive of effective or continued existence. nullify implies counteracting completely the force, effectiveness, or value of something. a penalty nullified the touchdown negate implies the destruction or canceling out of each of two things by the other. the arguments negate each other annul suggests making ineffective or nonexistent often by legal or official action. the treaty annuls all previous agreements abrogate is like annul but more definitely implies a legal or official act. a law to abrogate trading privileges invalidate implies making something powerless or unacceptable by declaration of its logical or moral or legal unsoundness. the court invalidated the statute

Examples of annul in a Sentence

unfortunately, his arrogant attitude annuls the many generous favors he does for people plans to annul their short-lived, ill-advised marriage

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One thing on which Macron’s supporters and detractors agree is that many of his problems stem from his decision to reform the I.S.F., a wealth tax created during the Mitterrand years and annulled and reinstated by various governments. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Can Emmanuel Macron Stem the Populist Tide?," 24 June 2019 Weeks later, after Erdogan, Yildirim, and party officials alleged that irregularities had corrupted the process, the Supreme Electoral Council made the highly controversial decision to annul the vote. Jason Epstein, National Review, "Whoever Wins Istanbul’s Mayoral Election, There’s Trouble Ahead for Erdogan," 22 June 2019 In 1991, The Chicago Tribune reported on a gay student named Robert Schwitz who was the second student in two years to have his ROTC status annulled at Washington University. Luke Winkie, Vox, "He lost his ROTC scholarship when he came out. Decades later, he’s still paying back student debt.," 18 June 2019 Kenya held two presidential elections last year after the first one was disputed by the opposition and then annulled by the Supreme Court. Adelaide Changole,, "Elections, Drought Dragged Down Kenyan Growth Rate Last Year," 25 Apr. 2018 After a retrial and a series of controversies, Italy's highest court annulled Knox's convictions in 2015. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Amanda Knox, swarmed by media, returns to Italy for the first time since acquittal," 13 June 2019 Advertising Congress had approved a resolution annulling the national emergency that Trump declared at the U.S.-Mexico border in February. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails," 27 Mar. 2019 Supreme Court annuls first-round result after a candidate alleges irregularities. Bharatha Mallawarachi, Fox News, "Timeline of political events leading up to Maldives election," 21 Sep. 2018 Introduced to Nick’s fiercely possessive mother, Eleanor ( Michelle Yeoh ), and to his extended family, Rachel discovers a sprawling precinct of super-privilege where the notion of excess has been annulled. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Review: Conspicuously Consuming Fun," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of annul

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for annul

Middle English annullen, from Anglo-French annuller, from Late Latin annullare, from Latin ad- + nullus not any — more at null

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English Language Learners Definition of annul

: to say officially that something is no longer valid : to make (something) legally void


an·​nul | \ ə-ˈnəl How to pronounce annul (audio) \
annulled; annulling

Kids Definition of annul

: to cancel by law : take away the legal force of annul a marriage

Other Words from annul

annulment \ -​mənt \ noun
an·​nul | \ ə-ˈnəl How to pronounce annul (audio) \
annulled; annulling

Legal Definition of annul

1 : to declare (a marriage) to have never validly existed — compare divorce
2a : to make legally void
b : to declare to no longer have legal effect

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