American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make or declare void or invalid, as a marriage or a law; nullify.
- v. To obliterate the effect or existence of: "The significance of the past . . . is annulled in idle gusts of electronic massacre” ( Alexander Cockburn).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reduce to nothing; annihilate; obliterate.
- To make void or null; nullify; abrogate; abolish; do away with: used especially of laws, decrees, edicts, decisions of courts, or other established rules, usages, and the like.
- Synonyms Abolish, Repeal, etc. (see abolish); Nullify, Annihilate, etc. (see neutralize); retract, declare null and void, supersede.
- v. transitive To formally revoke the validity of.
- v. transitive To dissolve (a marital union) on the grounds that it is not valid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To reduce to nothing; to obliterate.
- v. To make void or of no effect; to nullify; to abolish; to do away with; -- used appropriately of laws, decrees, edicts, decisions of courts, or other established rules, permanent usages, and the like, which are made void by component authority.
- v. cancel officially
- v. declare invalid
- From Old French anuller, from Latin annullō ("annihilate, annul"), from ad ("to") + nūllus ("none, not any"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English annullen, from Old French annuller, from Late Latin annullāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin nullus, none; see ne in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“While Buckley calmly declares Hefner's out to "annul" the moral code, Hefner attempts to claim he was not rejecting or attacking monogamy, which is quite simply lying.”
“&c. And, in the face of this broad charge, without a blush and without shame, they themselves propose to 'annul' a most solemn compromise here at home, and to 'break down' the "landmarks of policy erected by our fathers," "to reconcile conflicting interests of different sections," and to bring peace and contentment to our people.”
“The liberum veto, which allowed any representative to dissolve the Sejm and even to annul its previous decisions, was applied with growing recklessness in the 17th and 18th cent.”
“Additionally, New Jersey's bill would allow couples to annul a marriage within 30 days without going to court.”
“Oumarou told reporters Wednesday that he has decided against asking Niger's constitutional council to annul the election results.”
“Lawmakers in Uruguay have voted narrowly to annul an amnesty for crimes against humanity committed during the country's 1973 to 1985 dictatorship.”
“The only way many state courts can fix things is to annul a marriage after death.”
“Typically the only person who has legal standing to sue is the surviving spouse, "who of course has no incentive whatsoever to annul the marriage," Mr. Turnipseed says.”
“However, these facts remain: that much of their historic range in the Lower 48 is no longer suitable habitat for wolves, and that their numbers in the majority of their habitat are so high as to annul any classification of them as ‘endangered.’”
“Mr. de Maizi è re said Germany's supreme court would annul any deal raising debt with EU bonds.”
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