- (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 annulling
Within days of the presidential poll, the High Court shocked the country by annulling the parliament based on technicalities.Egypt’s President versus Egypt’s Judges
April 24, 2013
That Daniel was not thinking of annulling his marriage, that he could not think of it, Eleanore knew.The Goose Man
Thus he was forced to write to Petronius annulling his former decree.History of the Jews, Vol. II (of 6)
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
He assumed a priestly character, preaching, absolving, annulling marriages.
An ex post facto law was brought in with great precipitation, for annulling this dividend.
- (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 annulling
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