[ nuhl-i-tee ]
/ ˈnʌl ɪ ti /

noun, plural nul·li·ties for 2–4.

the state or quality of being null; nothingness; invalidity.
something null.
something of no legal force or validity.
a person of negligible importance.


Nearby words

  1. nulligravida,
  2. nulling,
  3. nullipara,
  4. nulliparous,
  5. nullipore,
  6. nullius filius,
  7. nullius juris,
  8. nullo,
  9. num,
  10. num.

Origin of nullity

From the Medieval Latin word nūllitās, dating back to 1560–70. See null, -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nullity


/ (ˈnʌlɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state of being null
a null or legally invalid act or instrument
something null, ineffective, characterless, etc

Word Origin for nullity

C16: from Medieval Latin nullitās, from Latin nullus no, not any

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Word Origin and History for nullity



1560s, from French nullité (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin nullitalis, from Latin nullus "not any" (see null).

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