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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Choose the Right Synonym for annul

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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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 No, Trump’s Presidency is not going to be annulled. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Will Actually Happen to Trump?," 19 Dec. 2018 In 2016 the Court heard a case by California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs to annul Abood. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Supreme Court’s Banner Year," 27 June 2018 Several signs pointed to a rocky struggle to build a new governing coalition, including calls by several major political figures to annul the results of Saturday’s vote. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "Iraqi Election Front-Runner Moktada al-Sadr Courts Partners to Govern," 15 May 2018 Odinga contested the outcome of two presidential elections last year -- the first of which was annulled by the Supreme Court, while the second was boycotted by his supporters. Paul Richardson,, "Kenyan President Apologizes Over Vote Fracas, Urges Unity," 2 May 2018 The Canadian government says Vavilov, 23, isn’t entitled to citizenship and has asked the Supreme Court to annul his passport. Fox News, "Son of Russian spies fights for Canadian citizenship," 29 May 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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