annul

verb
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
Recent Examples on the Web The petition to annul it was filed by Todd Dempster, chief operating officer of Ray Brandt Auto Group. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "Fate of Ray Brandt's auto empire in doubt amid roiling family squabble over estate," 8 Dec. 2020 In Phoenix, a judge has scheduled a Thursday trial in Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward’s lawsuit that seeks to annul Biden’s victory in the state. Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin election results: Trump files lawsuit seeking to disqualify hundreds of thousands of ballots," 1 Dec. 2020 In Phoenix, a judge has scheduled a Thursday trial in Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward's lawsuit that seeks to annul Biden's victory in the state. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "Trump files lawsuit challenging Wisconsin election results," 1 Dec. 2020 On Wednesday, Trump’s electors in Nevada filed a lawsuit, brazenly demanding that the state either annul its election results or declare Trump winner of Nevada’s electoral votes outright. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, "Trump’s Motley Gang of Dead-Enders Are Circling the Drain," 20 Nov. 2020 Oscar Urviola, a former head of the country’s Constitutional Court, said on the Canal N network that another alternative is for Congress to annul its decision to oust Vizcarra. John Quigley, Bloomberg.com, "Peru’s Interim President Quits Following Deadly Protests," 15 Nov. 2020 President Volodymyr Zelensky's action came after the Constitutional Court ruled to annul key parts of anti-corruption legislation that Ukraine approved under persistent Western demands. Washington Post, "World Digest: Oct. 30, 2020," 30 Oct. 2020 President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's action came after the Constitutional Court ruled to annul key parts of anti-corruption legislation that Ukraine approved under persistent Western demands. Yuras Karmanau, Star Tribune, "Ukraine's president moves to dissolve top court over ruling," 30 Oct. 2020 After the election, opposition supporters took to the streets and seized government buildings, prompting the authorities to annul the vote. Reuters, CNN, "Kyrgyzstan president Jeenbekov resigns after unrest," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of annul was in the 15th century

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16 Dec 2020

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“Annul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/annul. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for annul

annul

verb
How to pronounce annul (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of annul

: to say officially that something is no longer valid : to make (something) legally void

annul

verb
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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