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
Recent Examples on the Web What African country's Constitutional Court ordered fresh elections within five months after annulling the results of a presidential vote last year that the opposition said was rigged? Ben Sills,, "Germany Shaken by an Extremist Surprise," 12 May 2020 In 1809, the Supreme Court ruled that no state legislature could annul the judgments or determine the jurisdictions of federal courts., "This day in history," 20 Feb. 2020 The 44-year-old daughter of Peru’s disgraced autocrat Alberto Fujimori was jailed in 2018, only to have the Constitutional Court annul the sentence 13 months later. John Quigley,, "Keiko Fujimori Returns to Peru Jail Pending Laundering Trial," 16 Mar. 2020 If such trades are then annulled, the party that won the market bet feels cheated. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "India Must Clean Up or Clear Out Dodgy Brokers," 26 Nov. 2019 Peter Mutharika, president of Malawi, sacked the head of the army, dissolved his cabinet and refused to sign new laws allowing for fresh elections in May. Malawi’s top court had annulled his re-election victory, citing vote-rigging. The Economist, "Politics this week," 21 Mar. 2020 And if teams were not, at heart, businesses reliant on prize money, perhaps the consequences of annulling the season would not be quite so stark. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Soccer the Sport Must Stop. Soccer the Business Probably Can’t.," 14 Mar. 2020 In 2017, Kenya’s Supreme Court shocked that country by annulling the presidential election, citing irregularities. Gregory Gondwe,, "Malawi court nullifies presidential vote, orders new one," 3 Feb. 2020 Officials say at least 32 people have died in demonstrations since the presidential election, which would be annulled by Saturday’s vote. Washington Post, "Bolivian lawmakers approve new elections, bar ex-president," 24 Nov. 2019

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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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22 May 2020

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“Annul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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