Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being null.
  • n. Something that is null, especially an act having no legal validity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being null, or void, or invalid.
  • n. A void act; a defective proceeding or one expressly declared by statute to be a nullity.
  • n. A corank.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being null; nothingness; want of efficacy or force.
  • n. Nonexistence.
  • n. That which is null.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The state or quality of being null or void; want of force or efficacy; insignificance; nothingness.
  • That which is null, void, invalid, or of no force or efficacy; a nonentity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something that is null (especially an enactment that has no legal validity)
  • n. the state of nonexistence

Etymologies

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From null and -ity

Examples

  • However, to avoid the county recording fees, MERS claimed to hold the mortgages and notes technically, the mortgage and the note are separate, and it is the note that is required to foreclose -- without the note, the mortgage has been ruled by courts to be a "nullity" -- see Floyd Norris so that they could be traded without paying the fees and filing the paperwork.

    L. Randall Wray: Anatomy of Mortgage Fraud, Part II: The Mother of All Frauds

  • However, to avoid the county recording fees, MERS claimed to hold the mortgages and notes technically, the mortgage and the note are separate, and it is the note that is required to foreclose -- without the note, the mortgage has been ruled by courts to be a "nullity" -

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • The US Supreme Court has ruled that a "mortgage" without the "note" is a "nullity" -- it does not convey the legal standing required to foreclose.

    L. Randall Wray: Nightmare on Wall Street

  • It is mere fancy, it is a nullity, unless it be true, as I think it is, that it has been the source of great mischiefs to the world, in which case it cannot be termed a nullity, but something positively pernicious.

    Zenobia or, the Fall of Palmyra

  • a "nullity" -- on his left, another member nearly as old, but with a glimmer of intelligence.

    Pickwickian Studies

  • Fear phrases aside, the conf was a "nullity" because the $Mns of lobbying dollars spent in DC delayed an ACES vote, so the US had nothing to bring to the table.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • William Kitchen later declared those charges a "nullity", which meant that they never existed in law. reported that the Canadian government refused to allow British MP George Galloway into Canada.

    The Georgia Straight - News And Views

  • The foreign minister said yesterday that Mr Tsvangirai's invitation was a "nullity", in comments that will fuel MDC allegations that Zanu-PF regards it as a "junior partner" in the unity deal.

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  • In a letter to Mbeki on 19 November, Biti said the SADC decision to force the MDC to share the home affairs ministry with Mugabe's ZANU-PF was a "nullity", and warned that the Zimbabwe situation, "if left unresolved, will explode or implode, and indeed such an explosion or implosion will have a contagious multiplier effect in the region."

    AllAfrica News: Latest

  • For example, the Supreme Court has recognized that the right to forward views might become a practical nullity if government prohibited persons from banding together to make their voices heard.

    John W. Whitehead: Harold Hodge v. SCOTUS: Has the First Amendment Become an Exercise in Futility?

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