an·​nul | \ə-ˈnəl \
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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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 Since the beginning of March, legal action by the Lawfare Project has resulted in seven other courts across Spain annulling or suspending anti-Israel boycotts in the cities of Castrillon, Telde, Montcada, La Roda, Barbate, Artes and Viloria. Jewish Journal, "Spanish high court rules anti-Israel boycott is unconstitutional," 3 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter Although Mr Georgiou was acquitted several times on both charges, the acquittals were annulled and he was retried. The Economist, "The hounding of Greece’s former statistics chief is disturbing," 14 June 2018 The most recent evidence of this was Kenyatta’s assault on the judicial branch after the Supreme Court annulled his first-round election victory in September 2017. Alexander Noyes, Washington Post, "In Africa, presidential term limits are working," 24 Apr. 2018 Here the Midrash notes that Yiftah could have gone to Pinchas the High Priest to annul the vow. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Leaders must learn to keep their egos in check," 18 June 2018 The American restoration of sanctions also annulled the export licenses of leading aerospace companies to sell commercial aircraft to Iran, upending multibillion-dollar orders won by Boeing and Airbus. New York Times, "Iran Rallies Against U.S. and Warns Europe Over Endangered Nuclear Deal," 11 May 2018 Hafsat Abiola-Costello, one of Abiola's daughters and an activist herself, lauded Buhari's decision, saying she was told by her late mother that her father was rehearsing his victory speech when the results were annulled. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Nigeria's Buhari says sorry for presidential election annulled 25 years ago," 14 June 2018 The 128-seat assembly voted 98 in favor of Nabih Berri, with 29 blank ballots and one that was annulled. Fox News, "Lebanese longtime parliament speaker re-elected to post," 23 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 \
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 \
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 clear from alleged fault or guilt

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