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annul

[uh-nuhl]
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verb (used with object), an·nulled, an·nul·ling.
  1. (especially of laws or other established rules, usages, etc.) to make void or null; abolish; cancel; invalidate: to annul a marriage.
  2. to reduce to nothing; obliterate.
  3. to cancel (a regularly scheduled train, plane, social event, etc.) for one day or one time only.
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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

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Related Words

invalidatedeleterevokereverseexpungevacateundoabolishnullifyretractquashdissolvecancelabrogaterepealdeclarerescindeffacescrubannihilate

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Historical Examples

  • Only one thing can destroy it and that is when it annuls its past and weakens at the heart.

    Our Part in the Great War

    Arthur Gleason

  • The Landsgemeinde is, in fact, the supreme court, which approves or annuls.

  • According to the Hanifite jurists, this is a deed of gift which annuls all other rights of property.

  • The latter at once concludes and annuls totemic tribal organization.

  • Virginia repeals that ordinance, annuls that bond of union, breaks that link of confederation.


British Dictionary definitions for annuls

annul

verb -nuls, -nulling or -nulled
  1. (tr) to make (something, esp a law or marriage) void; cancel the validity of; abolish
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Derived Formsannullable, 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 annuls

annul

v.

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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