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nullity

[nuhl-i-tee]
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noun, plural nul·li·ties 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.
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Origin of nullity

From the Medieval Latin word nūllitās, dating back to 1560–70. See null, -ity
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nullity

noun plural -ties
  1. the state of being null
  2. a null or legally invalid act or instrument
  3. something null, ineffective, characterless, etc
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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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