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annulment

[uh-nuhl-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the act of annulling, especially the formal declaration that annuls a marriage.
  2. Psychoanalysis. a mental process by which unpleasant or painful ideas are abolished from the mind.
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Origin of annulment

1485–95; annul + -ment or < Middle French annulement
Related formsnon·an·nul·ment, noun
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annulment

noun
  1. a formal invalidation, as of a marriage, judicial proceeding, etc
  2. the act of annulling
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Word Origin and History for annulment

n.

late 15c., "act of reducing to nothing;" see annul + -ment. Meaning "act of declaring invalid" is recorded from 1864.

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