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[uh-nuhl] /əˈnʌl/
verb (used with object), annulled, annulling.
(especially of laws or other established rules, usages, etc.) to make void or null; abolish; cancel; invalidate:
to annul a marriage.
to reduce to nothing; obliterate.
to cancel (a regularly scheduled train, plane, social event, etc.) for one day or one time only.
Origin of annul
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French annuler < Late Latin adnūllāre render null (calque of Greek exoudeneîn), equivalent to ad- ad- + -nullāre, verbal derivative of Latin nūllus no, not any
Related forms
annullable, adjective
self-annulling, adjective
unannullable, adjective
unannulled, adjective
Can be confused
anal, annual, annul.
1. nullify; rescind, repeal. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for annul
  • They proposed a bill to annul the full-stop and due-obedience laws.
  • Seven opponents had asked the court to annul the vote because of fraud allegations.
  • They may also annul a law that seeks to exempt power stations from counting as concessions.
  • Both families, who despise each other, try to get the newlyweds to annul their marriage.
  • The verdict does not annul the media law's new restrictions.
  • After the recount, the challenger called for the tribunal to annul the election.
  • The commission says it may annul the results from polling stations where egregious offences took place.
  • And by then it will be greatly difficult to annul such laws.
  • The fund has filed a lawsuit seeking to annul the sale.
  • These flaws do not annul the book's value, but they muffle its impact.
British Dictionary definitions for annul


verb -nuls, -nulling, -nulled
(transitive) to make (something, esp a law or marriage) void; cancel the validity of; abolish
Derived Forms
annullable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French annuller, from Late Latin annullāre to bring to nothing, from Latin nullus not any; see null
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Word Origin and History for annul

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.

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