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annulment

[uh-nuhl-muh nt] /əˈnʌl mənt/
noun
1.
the act of annulling, especially the formal declaration that annuls a marriage.
2.
Psychoanalysis. a mental process by which unpleasant or painful ideas are abolished from the mind.
Origin
1485-1495
1485-95; annul + -ment or < Middle French annulement
Related forms
nonannulment, noun
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Examples from the web for annulment
  • We have no divorce, but the rich can usually recourse to an expensive church annulment.
  • But, an annulment treats the marriage as though it never happened.
  • Get a certified copy of the divorce or annulment decree, including foreign proofs.
  • Effect of marriage dissolution, annulment, or termination of domestic partnership.
  • If your marriage ends by divorce or annulment, you must show us the decree of divorce or annulment if you can.
British Dictionary definitions for annulment

annulment

/əˈnʌlmənt/
noun
1.
a formal invalidation, as of a marriage, judicial proceeding, etc
2.
the act of annulling
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Word Origin and History for annulment
n.

late 15c., "act of reducing to nothing;" see annul + -ment. Meaning "act of declaring invalid" is recorded from 1864.

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