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nullity

[nuhl-i-tee] /ˈnʌl ɪ ti/
noun, plural nullities for 2–4.
1.
the state or quality of being null; nothingness; invalidity.
2.
something null.
3.
something of no legal force or validity.
4.
a person of negligible importance.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Medieval Latin nūllitās. See null, -ity
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Examples from the web for nullity
  • Because the subpoena was not signed, it is a nullity.
  • Dissolution, legal separation, or nullity of marriage.
  • The order also finds that these trades resulted in a financial nullity.
  • Such a judgment is a nullity and is not a final, appealable order.
  • Whatever is done in contravention of a prohibitory law is void, although the nullity be not formally directed.
  • The order finds that these trades resulted in a financial nullity.
  • Because a judgment entered on a motion for reconsideration is also a nullity, a party cannot appeal such a judgment.
British Dictionary definitions for nullity

nullity

/ˈnʌlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state of being null
2.
a null or legally invalid act or instrument
3.
something null, ineffective, characterless, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin nullitās, from Latin nullus no, not any
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Word Origin and History for nullity
n.

1560s, from French nullité (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin nullitalis, from Latin nullus "not any" (see null).

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