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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The high court decided not to annul the appeals court decision, noting that because the case had become moot, secretaries of state would not be bound to follow the Court of Appeals ruling. oregonlive, 16 Feb. 2022 His execution of Brexit, after three years in which members of Parliament had attempted to annul the referendum to leave the European Union, was a master class in sheer political willpower. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 7 Feb. 2022 The home team appeared to have scored the go-ahead goal in the 40th minute when a shot from Mukhtar was saved by Gallese but quickly fumbled before Anibal Godoy slotted the rebound into the net, but was flagged offside to annul the goal. Mike Gramajo,, 23 Nov. 2021 Jesse Law, who ran the Trump campaign’s Election Day operations in Nevada, sued the Democratic electors, seeking to declare Trump the winner or annul the results. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, 2 Sep. 2021 An official result won’t be announced until the election board chooses to accept or decline Ms. Fujimori’s appeals, which seek to annul votes from regions dominated by Mr. Castillo. Ryan Dube, WSJ, 15 June 2021 Multiple companies, notably in the financial sector, have in the past year voluntarily acquired carbon credits in order to annul their carbon footprint in the past year – even in the absence of such a framework. Control Risks, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Countries that fail to strike affordable licensing deals with global pharmaceutical companies can essentially annul their patents, in a process known as compulsory licensing, so that local generic drugmakers can produce their own versions. David Fickling, Star Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 Last year, Apple won an appeal against Vestager to annul a decision to repay about $14.9 billion in taxes to Ireland, where the company has a European headquarters., 12 May 2021 See More

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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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“Annul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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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


transitive verb
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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