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 Anthem, annulled Ending on Anthem feels like giving it too much credit, but this is certainly the weirdest story of the week. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Epic gives away six games at once, Rockstar tosses another launcher onto the fire," 20 Sep. 2019 All of the miles collected during his time in the program will be annulled. Anna Schaverien, New York Times, "His 22-Pound Cat Was Too Fat to Fly. So He Called In an Understudy.," 13 Nov. 2019 But on Sunday, the Organization of American States, which monitored the Oct. 20 election, issued a preliminary report that outlined irregularities and said the vote should be annulled., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 11 Nov. 2019 The country was going through a turbulent time following the decision by General Sani Abacha to annul the outcome of the 1993 presidential elections which, by all accounts, had been won by Chief Moshood Abiola. Bheki Mngomezulu, Quartz Africa, "The awkward history behind Nigeria and South Africa’s turbulent relationship," 9 Oct. 2019 Given this predicament and the consequent struggle between longing and disgust, what can one do but seek to annul oneself, to transcend oneself, escape from oneself? Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019 The previous balloting, held in March, was annulled by Turkey’s high election board after Erdogan’s ruling party challenged results that showed an opposition candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, had narrowly won. Washington Post, "In rerun election for Istanbul mayor, volunteers mobilize to keep watch over the voting," 23 June 2019 So the party devised an easier way: their man in the president’s chair simply issued an order annulling Kashmir’s special status. The Economist, "India abruptly ends the last special protection enjoyed by Kashmir," 8 Aug. 2019 The country's Supreme Court annulled that ruling after her legal team presented an appeal, ordered a new trial and temporarily released her in February this year. Flora Charner And Merlin Delcid, CNN, "Abortion retrial for teen rape victim Evelyn Hernandez is suspended," 16 July 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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5 Dec 2019

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“Annul.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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