verb (used with object), an·nulled, an·nul·ling.

(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
Related formsan·nul·la·ble, adjectiveself-an·nul·ling, adjectiveun·an·nul·la·ble, adjectiveun·an·nulled, adjective
Can be confusedanal annual annul

Synonyms for annul Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for annulled

Contemporary Examples of annulled

Historical Examples of annulled

  • 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

    Richard B. Cook

  • She has had the misfortune to be disowned by her husband, and to-day her marriage is annulled.

  • The marriage can be annulled as soon as you please after we arrive.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • She is Paul Lowther's half-sister, and therefore his marriage with her must be annulled.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • "Next time, we will hope you will have annulled the reason," he retorted.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

British Dictionary definitions for annulled


verb -nuls, -nulling or -nulled

(tr) to make (something, esp a law or marriage) void; cancel the validity of; abolish
Derived Formsannullable, adjective

Word Origin for annul

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



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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