- (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
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
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1. nullify; rescind, repeal.
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Examples from the Web for annulled
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Others argued that the vote should be annulled and a new election called.Fisticuffs in Parliament!
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While in Khartoum, he reportedly wed but never consummated the marriage, which was annulled with 48 hours.Osama bin Laden's Loyal Harem
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Protests are raging in Yemen, where anti-government forces have asked that the plan for a transition of power be annulled.Meanwhile in the Middle East
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By the law of God it could not be so annulled as to permit of the re-marriage of the parties.The Grand Old Man
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She has had the misfortune to be disowned by her husband, and to-day her marriage is annulled.The Chinese Fairy Book
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She is Paul Lowther's half-sister, and therefore his marriage with her must be annulled.A Son of Hagar
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"Next time, we will hope you will have annulled the reason," he retorted.The Dominant Strain
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- (tr) to make (something, esp a law or marriage) void; cancel the validity of; abolish
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 annulled
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