Verb annul Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


annul (third-person singular simple present annuls, present participle annulling, simple past and past participle annulled)

  1. (transitive) To formally revoke the validity of.
  2. (transitive) To dissolve (a marital union) on the grounds that it is not valid.

More definition:

1.(especially of laws or other established rules, usages, etc.) to make void or null; abolish; cancel; invalidate, to annul a marriage. reduce to nothing; obliterate. cancel (a regularly scheduled train, plane, social event, etc.) for one day or one time only.

1. (transitive) to make (something, esp a law or marriage) void; cancel the validity of; abolish Derived Formsannullable, adjective Word OriginC14, from Old French annuller, from Late Latin annullāre to bring to nothing, from Latin nullus not any; see nullCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 14c., from Old French anuller (13c.) or directly from Late Latin annullare "to make to nothing," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + nullum, neuter of nullus "nothing" (see null). Related, Annulled; annulling.


They wanted Dad to annul the marriage - even cut off any money for Mom.

When the oscillations pass through the coil they annul the hysteresis and cause a change of magnetism within the coil connected to the telephone.

Your Holiness (he wrote) is sovereign of Rome, but I am its emperor; and he threatened to annul the presumed donation of Rome by Charlemagne, unless the pope yielded implicit obedience to him in all temporal affairs.

All laws enacted by the insular legislature must also be submitted to the Congress of the United States, which reserves the right to annul them.

The prefect can still annul certain decisions of the conseil general..

He can annul or suspend the maire's decrees and he has also considerable control over public institutions, charitable and otherwise.

The opposition thereupon proceeded to annul the Lex Daniel (April 7) and stubbornly to clamour for the adoption of the Magyar word of command in the Hungarian part of the common army.

Finally the king and council unanimously agreed to annul the proceeding of the parlement of Toulouse; Calas was declared to have been innocent, and every imputation of guilt was removed from the family.

In December 1807 the latter sought to come to an arrangement by which Lucien would take his place as a French prince, provided that he would annul his marriage.

His greatest success, however, was gained in the Eternal City itself; for he contrived, after many vicissitudes, to induce the Romans to annul their republican constitution and acknowledge the papal supremacy, even in municipal matters.

There is also an extension from the upper surface of the pendulum, in contact with a system of levers and rods attached to the case; an air-dampkig cylinder is fitted to annul the free vibrations of the pendulum.

We hear from them of such interesting details as that the senate annul a judicial decision improperly arrived at by the governor, or that the college of tribunes could consider the status at Rome of a man affected by this decision (V err.

Pedro; and after four months of a hated union she left the palace and applied to the chapter of Lisbon cathedral to annul her marriage on the ground of non-consummation.

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