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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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  • Why did he allow a contract to be made giving only to death the annulling power?

  • That Daniel was not thinking of annulling his marriage, that he could not think of it, Eleanore knew.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • He assumed a priestly character, preaching, absolving, annulling marriages.

  • In annulling the Two-penny Act the King crossed lances with the representatives of the people and had come off second best.

    Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • The changed conditions of the race in these last years are urged as a sufficient reason for annulling this law.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • The proposed provisions regarding ineligibility would dishonor the government by annulling the pardons granted by the President.

  • The despatchers were annulling, holding the freights and distributing passenger trains at eating stations.

    The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
  • At the Reformation, after the annulling of all “Popish ordinations,” the state of the English clergy became very deplorable.

    The Annals of Willenhall Frederick William Hackwood
  • The quarrel was an unseemly one, and Benedict XI., in 1304, put an end to it by annulling the regulations of his predecessor.

British Dictionary definitions for annulling


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 annulling



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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